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.
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
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.