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British Airways puts the international back in Austin Bergstrom International Airport

British Airways puts the international back in Austin airport

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British Airways announced new nonstop flights from Austin to London's Heathrow Airport. Photo by Brett Davis/Flickr
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Flights from Austin to London begin March 2014. Photo courtesy of British Airways
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One of the most difficult things about traveling from Austin is that you always have to go somewhere else to get where you're going. Flying to Seattle? Get ready for a stop in Phoenix. Heading to New York? You'll be flying through Detroit. And international flights? Just forget it.

Well, get ready, folks, because British Airways is putting the "international" back into Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

Starting in March 2014, British Airways will be offering the first transatlantic flight from Austin's ABIA to London's Heathrow Airport. The first flights take off just around the start of SXSW, so expect a British invasion this year. Better yet, avoid the madness, put your place up on Airbnb and take yourself to old London town.

In an press release, British Airways notes that nonstop service will initially be offered five days a week, but the airline plans to increase to daily service later in the year.

"As the mayor of Austin and a former pilot, I could not be more excited about this announcement by British Airways, one of the world's foremost carriers," said Mayor Lee Leffingwell in a statement.

"Connecting two of the world's great cities, London and Austin, through this first time, nonstop service between ABIA and Heathrow Airport is sure to take our city to a new level for both business and vacation travelers."

That's right. Austin's growing up.