Travellers from the West of England and Wales will be able to combine rail and air travel in one ticket through a partnership between British Airways, Heathrow Express and First Great Western.
The tickets will be available to book from this Friday through travel agents from 11 First Great Western stations including Oxford, Bristol Parkway and Cardiff.
BA’s head of UK & Ireland sales Stephen Humphreys said: “Our partnership with First Great Western and Heathrow Express will make flying more accessible and convenient for customers travelling from regions in the UK without local airports.”
The new option also means that if a train is delayed the customer will be able to get on the next available flight and will receive overnight accommodation if needed. Passengers will also be able to get on the next available train service if a flight is delayed.
Keith Greenfield, managing director of Heathrow Express, said: “This partnership removes a layer of hassle for customers and affords them extra protection against possible problems. This kind of joined-up travel is what today’s leisure and business travellers expect.”
Mark Hopwood, managing director of First Great Western added: “For many of our customers travelling to Heathrow by train already saves time, hassle and money. Complimented by our work to add more seats to trains, the upgrade of our First Class accommodation and free Wi-Fi, this product will make it even more attractive BA customers looking for a worry-free way to get to Heathrow.”