British Airways Moves Gran Canaria Route To Gatwick

BA will transfer its route to Gran Canaria from London Heathrow to Gatwick from late October 2019.

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London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)
London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)

British Airways is to transfer its route to Gran Canaria from London Heathrow to Gatwick from late October 2019.

This route has quite a bit of history. BA launched a winter seasonal service from Heathrow in 2013 and moved it to a year-round operation last year. BA did also plan to launch a service from Gatwick in 2015, but this got pulled before launch. Iberia Express did also launch the route from Heathrow in 2015, but this was since suspended.

It currently operates weekly under flight numbers BA489 and BA488 from London Heathrow on Saturdays in the summer and twice weekly on Saturday and Sunday in the winter.

When the route transfers to Gatwick, it will initially operate three times weekly in the winter season on Monday, Friday and Saturday under flight numbers BA2600 and BA2601. Days of operation and frequencies are likely to change in the summer season.

Based on current timetables, the last BA flight operates from Heathrow on Sunday 3 November and the first flights from Gatwick will operate on Friday 25 October.

Existing bookings from Heathrow will be cancelled. Affected passengers have the option of rebooking from Gatwick or flying from Heathrow to Madrid and taking a connecting flight on Iberia.

Passengers can check the status of their booking using the Manage My Booking tool on ba.com

Affected passengers should contact BA or their travel agent.

British Airways London Heathrow Terminal Moves

BA routes from Heathrow to Billund, Hanover, Luxembourg, Lyon and Zagreb will change terminals from 27 October 2019.

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BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)
BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has announced that the following short-haul routes will swap terminals at London Heathrow from Sunday 27 October 2019:

Billund, Hanover and Zagreb will move from Terminal 5 to 3.

Luxembourg and Lyon will move from Terminal 3 to 5.

BA also previously announced that Phoenix will move from Terminal 3 to 5 and San Diego will move from Terminal 5 to 3 on the same date.

For passengers who are connecting at London Heathrow, there are different minimum connection times of 90 minutes for Terminal 3-Terminal 5 connections, and 60 minutes for Terminal 5-Terminal 5 & Terminal 3-Terminal 3 connections.

Passengers with existing bookings should check carefully that their itineraries comply with minimum connection times and contact BA or their travel agent accordingly.

Passengers can check the status of their bookings using the Manage My Booking tool on ba.com

Update: At the time of publication, these changes have not been reflected in timetables on ba.com

BA Suspends Heathrow – Kiev & St Petersburg

British Airways has suspended routes from London Heathrow to Kiev and St Petersburg from Thursday 3 October 2019.

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London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: Heathrow)

British Airways has suspended its routes from London Heathrow to Kiev, Ukraine and St Petersburg, Russia.

Based on timetables on ba.com, the last flights from London Heathrow to both Kiev and St Petersburg are currently scheduled to operate on Thursday 3 October 2019.

The affected flight numbers are BA882 & BA883 for Kiev and BA878 & BA879 for St Petersburg.

At present, BA has not provided any details of arrangements to accommodate passengers whose flights have been cancelled. It normally takes at least a week for rebooking arrangements to be agreed with other airlines and passengers are best advised to wait until these have been confirmed.

Alternatively, passengers whose flights have been cancelled are entitled to a full refund.

Affected passengers should check the status of their booking at ba.com and contact either BA or their travel agent.

Update Tuesday 21 May 2019

For passengers due to travel to St Petersburg, BA has secured a rebooking agreement with SAS Scandinavian Airlines, for travel after 27 October 2019. Passengers can fly on SAS via either Copenhagen or Stockholm. In all cases, passengers must fly on a British Airways operated flight between Heathrow and Copenhagen or Stockholm.

Update Thursday 23 May 2019

For passengers due to travel to Kiev or St Petersburg, BA has also secured a rebooking agreement with Lufthansa. Passengers can fly on Lufthansa via either Frankfurt or Munich. In all cases, passengers must fly on a British Airways operated flight between Heathrow and Frankfurt or Munich.

Update Wednesday 5 June 2019

For passengers due to travel to Kieve, BA has also secured a rebooking agreement with Ukraine International Airlines. Passengers can rebook on to one of the airline’s twice daily services from London Gatwick to Kiev. Any additional consequential costs such as ground transportation will be at passengers’ expense.

BA launches London Heathrow – Ljubljana & Montpellier

BA will fly from London Heathrow to Ljubljana, Slovenia and Montpellier from 15 July to 2 September 2019.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to launch a further two summer seasonal routes from London Heathrow in 2019.

BA will launch a new route to Ljubljana (Ljubljana Jože Pučnik airport) in Slovenia. It will also reinstate a previously suspended route to Montpellier in France, which operated in 2017.

The operating season is relatively short. Both routes will operate from Monday 15 July 2019 to Monday 2 September 2019.

Flights to Ljubljana operate twice weekly on Monday and Friday. Flights to Montpellier operate four times weekly on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Both routes operate from London Heathrow Terminal 5. Note that as these are new routes the operating period may be subject to change depending on commercial demand.

In terms of other summer seasonal short-haul route changes, BA has previously announced new routes from London Heathrow to Bastia and Preveza, and the relaunch of Kos from Gatwick.

A number of routes also transfer between Gatwick and Heathrow. Almeria, Bilbao and Mahon transfer to Gatwick. Barcelona, Pisa and Valencia transfer to Heathrow.

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British Airways Suspends London Heathrow – Tallinn

British Airways is suspending its twice weekly service from London Heathrow to Tallinn from Friday 29 March 2019.

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BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)
BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is suspending its service from London Heathrow to Tallinn from Friday 29 March 2019.

The route currently operates twice weekly on Tuesday and Friday. BA will continue to serve Tallinn indirectly via a codeshare with Finnair from Helsinki.

Passengers whose flights have been cancelled are entitled to a refund.

BA has also secured a rebooking agreement with SAS Scandinavian Airlines. Passengers can reroute via Copenhagen or Stockholm. In all cases, passengers must connect via a BA operated service between London Heathrow and Copenhagen or Stockholm.

It should also be possible to rebook on to BA’s codeshare with Finnair from Helsinki.

Affected passengers should contact either BA or their travel agent.

British Airways launches new routes to Bastia and Preveza

British Airways is to launch two new summer seasonal routes from London Heathrow to Bastia, Corsica and Preveza, Greece from late May to September 2019.

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Corsica (Image Credit: British Airways)
Corsica (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to launch two new summer seasonal routes from London Heathrow to Bastia, Corsica and Preveza, Greece from late May 2019.

BA will fly to Bastia (Bastia – Poretta Airport) once a week on Saturdays from 25 May to 28 September 2019.

It will also fly to Preveza (Aktion National Airport) on Wednesdays and Sundays from Sunday 26 May to Sunday 28 September 2019.

Both routes will operate from London Heathrow Terminal 5.

BA also operates a summer seasonal route to Figari. BA also serves a number of destinations in Greece from London Heathrow as well as Skiathos from London City.
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British Airways suspends London Heathrow – Murcia

British Airways is to suspend its summer seasonal route from London Heathrow to Murcia. It will not return in the summer of 2019.

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Murcia San Javier Airport
Murcia San Javier Airport (Image Credit: aena)

British Airways is to suspend its summer seasonal route from London Heathrow to Murcia.

The route to Murcia San Javier airport launched in 2017 and is currently scheduled to operate twice weekly until Saturday 27 October 2018.

It was due to return from 2 April 2019 to 26 October 2019. However, the route has now been suspended in its entirety.

Murcia San Javier airport (airport code MJV) is in fact due to close to scheduled passenger flights in the coming months. Another airport serving the region, Corvera, also known as Región de Murcia International Airport (airport code RMU), is currently scheduled to open to passenger flights in early 2019. easyJet is to transfer operations to Corvera from the summer of 2019.

Passengers whose flights have been cancelled are entitled to a full refund. Passengers can also travel to an alternative BA destination in Spain such as Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga or Valencia. However, any consequential costs such as ground transportation will be at your expense.

When BA has previously suspended summer seasonal routes, it has secured rebooking options on alternative carriers. However, these were on network carriers via their hubs in mainland Europe – who don’t currently serve Murcia – and not on low cost airlines that fly direct from London.

BA London Heathrow – Madrid flight number changes

British Airways is changing its flight numbers for Iberia operated flights from London Heathrow to Madrid due to an internal systems change.

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British Airways / Iberia Logos
British Airways / Iberia Logos (Image Credit: British Airways / Iberia)

BA and Iberia have long operated a joint schedule between London Heathrow and Madrid with the two airlines codesharing on each other’s flights.

Normally, when two airlines codeshare on a flight there is a “prime” flight number for the airline operating the flight. There is also a codeshare flight number for the codeshare partner that is merely selling another airline’s flight.

Airlines apply distinctly separate flight number sequences for their own flights and codeshare flights. On most occasions, the rules of the operating airline apply regarding seat selection, luggage fees etc.

BA & Iberia London Heathrow – Madrid Codeshare

Shortly after the merger of BA and Iberia in 2011, it was decided that Iberia would move into London Heathrow Terminal 5 to maximise connectivity between the two airline’s respective hubs.

However, there was a complication in that until then BA was the sole tenant of Terminal 5 and all of the systems and processes had been designed for BA’s operations.

A consequence of this was that flights from London Heathrow to Madrid operated by Iberia were treated by BA as its own flights and given a BA “prime” flight number.

This is now changing. The upshot of this is that the BA flight numbers for Iberia operated flights will change to a different sequence as follows:
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BA adds London Heathrow – Sheremetyevo

British Airways is to switch one of its three daily services between London and Moscow from Domodedovo International Airport to Sheremetyevo International Airport from Sunday 28 October 2018.

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Moscow (Image Credit: British Airways)
Moscow (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to switch one of its three daily services between London and Moscow from Domodedovo International Airport to Sheremetyevo International Airport from Sunday 28 October 2018.

The outbound flight BA235 and inbound flight BA234 will operate to and from Sheremetyevo. These flights will be operated by an Airbus A321 aircraft a “mid-haul” configuration with flat beds in business class and no premium economy cabin.

Flights, BA233, BA232, BA237, and BA236 will continue to operate to and from Moscow Domodedovo. These will be operated by a mixture of Airbus A321, Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 aircraft.

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These changes have been announced amongst a significant number of changes to BA’s London Heathrow schedule for the Winter 2018 season which are detailed here.

London Heathrow – Moscow

Flight BA233 Depart London Heathrow 08:40 – Arrive Moscow Domodedovo 15:20
Flight BA235 Depart London Heathrow 10:15 – Arrive Sheremetyevo 17:15
Flight BA237 Depart London Heathrow 21:35 – Arrive Moscow Domodedovo 04:20

Moscow – London Heathrow

Flight BA236 Depart Moscow Domodedovo 05:40 – Arrive London Heathrow 06:55
Flight BA232 Depart Moscow Domodedovo 16:50 – Arrive London Heathrow 17:55
Flight BA234 Depart Sheremetyevo 18:35 – Arrive London Heathrow 19:55

BA launches London Heathrow – Marrakech

British Airways is to fly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Marrakech four times weekly from Sunday 28 October 2018, complementing its existing service from London Gatwick.

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Marrakech, Morocco. (Image Credit: British Airways)
Marrakech, Morocco. (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to fly from London Heathrow to Marrakech from Sunday 28 October 2018.

Flights will operate four times weekly on Thursday to Sunday from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Marrakesh Menara Airport until Saturday 30 March 2019.

Flights will be operated with Airbus A320 aircraft in a two class, Club Europe business class, and EuroTraveller economy configuration.

This is not the first time BA has flown to Morocco from London Heathrow. It inherited this route from bmi in 2012, before suspending it in October of that year..

It is relatively rare for BA to announce new routes to Africa, a region where BA and its parent IAG is relatively weak. Morocco based airline Royal Air Maroc, which like BA has a joint business with Qatar Airways, was due to become an Avios partner some years ago. However, nothing has come of this yet, possibly due to IT issues.

BA also flies to Morocco from London Gatwick eight times a week. It is of course possible to “mix and match” London departure and arrival airports, if that is convenient.

The exact flight times vary by day, but flights typically leave London Heathrow between 09:25 and 11:00, and return from Marrakech between 13:50 and 15:15.

BA has also announced a number of changes to its Winter schedule at London Heathrow which are detailed in full here.

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