British Airways Route Moves Between Gatwick & Heathrow

British Airways is to transfer a number of short-haul routes between London Gatwick and Heathrow airports from late March 2019.

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British Airways is moving a number of short-haul routes between London Gatwick and Heathrow airports from late March 2019.

In addition, a number of routes that operate from both Gatwick and Heathrow will be “consolidated” at one airport.

No specific reasons have been given for the changes but it is likely to be due to a combination of commercial performance and operational requirements.

At the time of writing, it appears that not all online timetables have not been fully updated so it may be some time before changes show in the Manage My Booking tool.

Almeria

This route launched as a twice weekly summer seasonal route from Heathrow this year. It operated under flight numbers BA420 and BA421.

It will return next year from Gatwick between Sunday 31 March and Saturday 26 October 2019. Flights will operate four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The new flight numbers are BA2790 and BA2791.

Barcelona

This route will be suspended at London Gatwick from 31 March 2019. It currently operates from Gatwick up to three times daily.

BA will increase existing services to Barcelona from London Heathrow Terminal 3 from 49 to 58 flights a week to partially compensate.

BA will continue to codeshare with Vueling on London Gatwick to Barcelona.

Bilbao

This route currently operates from London Heathrow Terminal 3 year-round. It operates under flight numbers BA466, BA467, BA468 and BA469.

From 31 March 2019, it will operate from Gatwick on a summer seasonal basis to 26 October 2019. Flights will operate 12 times weekly. The new flight numbers are BA2684, BA2685, BA2686 and BA2687.

Menorca (Mahon)

This route operated as a summer seasonal route both from Gatwick and Heathrow this year. It launched at Gatwick this year and Heathrow from April 2016.

It will return next year from Gatwick only from Saturday 27 April and Saturday 28 September 2019. Flights will operate six times weekly.

Pisa

This route will be suspended at London Gatwick from 31 March 2019. It operates under flight numbers BA2600, BA2601, BA2602 and BA2603.

BA will increase existing services from London Heathrow from 11 to 18 flights a week to compensate. The route will also transfer from Heathrow Terminal 5 to Terminal 3.

Valencia

This route has operated from Gatwick since November 2015. It operates under flight numbers BA2794 and BA2795.

It will transfer to London Heathrow from 31 March 2019. Flights will operate 9 times weekly. The new flight numbers are BA408, BA409, BA422 and BA445.

Other Changes Already Announced

In terms of other summer changes already announced, BA has reinstated Kos, but from Gatwick. It has also announced new routes from Heathrow to Bastia and Preveza.

Advice For Passengers

When routes transfer between Gatwick and Heathrow the flight numbers change as BA uses different flight number sequences at Gatwick and Heathrow. This means your original booking is effectively cancelled. If your flight is cancelled you have the option of a refund or rebooking. However, any consequential costs such as ground transportation will be at your own expense.

If you are connecting to or from a long-haul flight, it is strongly recommended that you look at alternative routings to avoid transferring between London airports. BA does not provide free transfers between Gatwick and Heathrow and this will be at your own expense.

For example, if you were due to fly from New York to Bilbao via Heathrow you could transfer your flight from New York to Gatwick. Or if you were due to fly from Boston to Almeria via Heathrow, you could choose to fly on Iberia via Madrid.

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