British Airways will start direct flights from Heathrow to historic Krakow in May 2015. It will become the second Polish city to be served by the airline.

The new four times a week service from Terminal 5 will be operated by a combination of Airbus A319s and A320s, and offer customers a choice of 5,600 seats a month in Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins.

The airline currently offers a double daily service to the Polish capital, Warsaw, from Terminal 3, which the airline began flying to in 1939.

Neil Cottrell, Head of Planning, said: “We have a long history of flying to Poland and opening a route to the country’s second city now offers far greater choice for customers.

“With a sizeable Polish community in London, we know the route will be popular with Poles visiting friends and relatives. It will also serve our business travellers well as Krakow is an important economic hub which has seen significant UK investment and trade. We also expect the route to be very attractive to tourists who will be keen to explore this fascinating city.”

From May 1, 2015, the four times a week service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.