SAN JOSE — Nonstop flights between London and San Jose have resumed after more than two years, a relaunch that helps underscore Silicon Valley’s recovery from economic maladies linked to the coronavirus.

The first San Jose-London flight occurred Monday night, with additional flights Tuesday and Thursday of this week.

Daily service that links Silicon Valley and England resumes on Saturday, June 18. All the flights are nonstop.

British Airways Boeing 787-8 jetliner near Gate 15 at San Jose International Airport, June 2022.6-12-22
British Airways Boeing 787-8 jetliner near Gate 15 at San Jose International Airport, June 2022. (San Jose International Airport)

The flights by British Airways between Heathrow Airport and San Jose International Airport have resumed after the end this week of a United States-mandated coronavirus testing requirement for travelers entering the country.

“We can’t wait to welcome our customers back on board our San Jose flights,” said Marie Hilditch, head of North America sales for British Airways.

John Aitken, San Jose’s director of aviation, agreed.

“As the world continues to open up again, we are excited to welcome British Airways back to San Jose and Silicon Valley,” Aitken said.

The service between England and the South Bay had been suspended starting in March 2020 after the start of government-mandated business shutdowns to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

“We are honored to be playing our part in reuniting families and friends with their loved ones after such a long time apart,” Hilditch said.

To mark the service resumption Monday night, travelers received custom giveaways and were given an opportunity to take a selfie with a London backdrop, San Jose airport officials said.

British Airways will operate its San Jose-London flights with a combination of Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 aircraft.

London is the top transatlantic market for travel to and from Silicon Valley. The London air travel hub offers direct connections to destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

“The resumption of nonstop service connecting San Jose and London’s Heathrow Airport represents a significant milestone in our recovery,” Aitken said, “and restores an important link for business and leisure travelers on both sides of the Atlantic.”