British Airways London Heathrow Summer Schedule

Here are details of BA’s London Heathrow summer schedule from Sunday 31 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 has pretty much firmed up its schedule for the summer travel season, which officially starts on Sunday 31 March 2019.

Here are details of known schedule changes. Please note these are indicative and subject to change, particularly in the case of seasonal routes around the shoulder season.

Long-Haul Changes

BA will reinstate three former long-haul routes this summer:

Osaka, four times weekly from Sunday 31 March.

Pittsburgh, four times weekly, from Tuesday 2 April.

Islamabad, three times weekly from Sunday 2 June.

In terms of seasonal long-haul changes:

BA will fly to Charleston twice a week from Thursday 4 April until Thursday 24 October.

Calgary returns for summer from Sunday 31 March until Friday 25 October.

Muscat is suspended for the summer from Sunday 31 March until Wednesday 30 October.

In terms of long-haul frequency changes:

Nashville increases to daily from Monday 22 April.

Phoenix decreases from 10 flights a week to a daily service from Sunday 31 March.

New Short-Haul Route

Valencia transfers from Gatwick to Heathrow from Sunday 31 March.

Short-Haul Route Suspensions

Bilbao transfers to Gatwick from Sunday 31 March.

Milan Linate is suspended from Sunday 28 July to Saturday 26 October due to the closure of the airport.

Tallinn is suspended from Friday 29 March.

New Summer Seasonal Short-Haul Routes

Bastia once a week on Saturdays from 25 May to 28 September.

Preveza on Wednesdays and Sundays from Sunday 26 May to Sunday 28 September.

Ljubljana in Slovenia and Montpellier from Monday 15 July to Monday 2 September.

Seasonal Short-Haul Route Changes

Marrakech and Salzburg end for the winter on Saturday 30 March.

The following summer seasonal routes return this year:

Brindisi from Saturday 25 May to Saturday 5 October.
Chania from Wednesday 22 May to Saturday 26 October.
Corfu from Sunday 31 March to Saturday 26 October.
Faro from Sunday 31 March to Saturday 26 October.
Figari Sud-Corse Corsica, from Sunday 26 May to Sunday 29 September.
Ibiza from Sunday 28 April to Saturday 28 October.
Kalamata from Sunday 28 April to Sunday 29 September.
Kefalonia from Tuesday 30 April to Saturday 28 September.
Mykonos from Sunday 28 April to Saturday 26 October.
Nantes from Thursday 11 July to Wednesday 4 September.
Olbia from Saturday 18 May to Sunday 29 September.
Palma from Sunday 31 March to Saturday 26 October.
Palermo from Sunday 28 April to Sunday 29 September.
Pula from Tuesday 21 May to Tuesday 24 September.
Santorini from Sunday 28 April to Saturday 26 October.
Split from Sunday 28 April to Friday 25 October.
Zakynthos from Saturday 25 May to Saturday 28 September.

Note that operating dates and frequencies can change at short notice due to commercial demand.

Almeria will not return this year, having transferred to Gatwick.

Menorca will not return this year, and will operate exclusively at Gatwick.

Murcia will also not return as BA has not yet chosen to operate from the new airport in the region.

Short-Haul Frequency Changes

There are the usual modest frequency changes on long established routes. Particularly of note, and probably a sign of market dynamics, is that Manchester decreases by 14 flights a week, Glasgow decreases by 8 flights a week, and Aberdeen and Newcastle each decrease by 7 flights a week. Inverness however increases to 16 flights a week.

Helsinki also decreases to a daily service.

Larnaca increases to 2 to 3 times daily from Friday 12 July.

Pisa increases to 18 flights a week and also transfers from Terminal 5 to 3.

Alliance & Codeshare Partners

American Airlines launches a daily service to Phoenix from 31 March.

British Airways London Heathrow Winter Schedule

Here are details of BA’s London Heathrow winter schedule from Sunday 28 October 2018 with details of new and seasonal winter routes as well as terminal, aircraft and frequency changes.

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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 in the process of firming up its schedules for the winter travel season, which officially starts on Sunday 28 October 2018.

Here are details of schedule and terminal changes for London Heathrow. Further announcements are expected, particularly at London Gatwick where BA is yet to announce how many of the slots it has acquired from Monarch will be used in the winter.

Please note the details below are based on announcements by BA to the travel trade and our own enquiries on third party subscription services. Not all updates may be updated on ba.com at the time of publication.

New Long-Haul Routes

BA will fly direct to Durban three times a week from Monday 29 October 2018.

New Short-Haul Routes

BA will fly to Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport from Sunday 28 October 2018. More details here.

Route Suspensions

BA’s daily service to Calgary is suspended from 28 October 2018 until Sunday 31 March 2019. More details here.

BA’s weekly service to Luanda is suspended from Thursday 7 June 2018. More details here.

BA’s twice weekly service to Palermo is suspended from the winter season. Affected passengers can be rebooked on to Air Italy via Milan or Vueling via Rome or Barcelona. Note that neither airline offers business class to Palermo.

BA’s service to Tehran is suspended from Saturday 22 September. More details here.

Turin was planned to resume twice weekly from Sunday 16 December 2018 to Saturday 30 March 2019. However, the route has been cancelled. Passengers will be re-accommodated on BA flights from Gatwick.

Winter Seasonal Routes

BA will fly to Marrakech four times a week Thursday – Sunday from 28 October 2018 until Saturday 30 March 2019, complementing its existing service from Gatwick.

Salzburg resumes, four times weekly from Sunday 16 December 2018 to Saturday 30 March 2019.

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10 Years of London Heathrow Terminal 5

As Heathrow prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Terminal 5 we look back at its opening in March 2008.

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London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: Heathrow)
London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: Heathrow)

It was all meant to go swimmingly.

Her Majesty The Queen had officially opened London Heathrow Terminal 5 just short of two weeks before its planned opening on 27 March 2008. Hundreds of passengers had volunteered to take part in pre-opening trials. The airline was at pains to emphasise that it had learnt the lessons of teething problems at Denver and Madrid. The baggage system had been put through its paces for months.

BA promised its frequent flyers that the terminal would be “So calm, you’ll simply flow through.” Such was BA’s confidence in its promise of “no queuing” the terminal didn’t even have a dedicated business class check-in at launch. A TV ad featuring fish swimming through the terminal was ready to air.

BA was the exclusive tenant of Heathrow’s first new terminal in more than 20 years and as the home to almost all of its Heathrow flights it would transform its presence at the airport.

On opening day, the then BA CEO Willie Walsh was to greet passengers arriving on the first flight at Terminal 5 from Hong Kong and usher in a new era for the airline.

And then, it was chaos.
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Aer Lingus to operate BA flights to Dublin and Hamburg

Aer Lingus is to operate selected British Airways flights between London Heathrow Terminal 5 and Dublin and Hamburg. However, Aer Lingus will offer an economy-only service on this route, with no business class cabin.

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Aer Lingus Airbus A320
Aer Lingus Airbus A320 (By BriYYZ via Wikimedia Commons)

As we reported earlier this month, BA has recently acquired a portfolio of slots at London Gatwick from the airline Monarch which suspended operations late last year. As BA is required to make use of the slots to avoid forfeiting them, its fleet of Airbus short-haul aircraft is going to quite stretched over the coming months as it scrambles to fill the slots.

A consequence of this is that BA has called on Aer Lingus, which is a fellow subsidiary of BA’s parent company International Airlines Group, to operate selected flights between London Heathrow Terminal 5 and Dublin and Hamburg from early Feburary 2018.

At the outset, we should mention that this should not be confused with BA’s existing codeshare arrangement with Aer Lingus. BA has long codeshared on Aer Lingus operated flights from London Heathrow Terminal 2 to Dublin. These flights have the numbers BA59**.

BA flights between London Heathrow Terminal 5 and Dublin to be operated by Aer Lingus

BA0824 London Heathrow – Dublin
BA0826 London Heathrow – Dublin
BA0828 London Heathrow – Dublin (certain days only)

BA0827 Dublin – London Heathrow
BA0831 Dublin – London Heathrow
BA0833 Dublin – London Heathrow (certain days only)

This typically represents two of up to eight daily return BA flights between London Heathrow and Dublin.

BA flights between London Heathrow Terminal 5 and Hamburg to be operated by Aer Lingus

BA0962 London Heathrow – Hamburg
BA0969 Hamburg – London Heathrow

This represents one of up to five daily return BA flights between London Heathrow and Hamburg.
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BA “refreshes” its London Heathrow Concorde Room

BA has “refreshed” its Concorde Room First Class lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5.

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British Airways’ Concorde Room at Terminal 5, London Heathrow on 07 November 2017 (Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways)

BA has undertaken, to use its lexicon, a “refresh” of its Concorde Room at London Heathrow Terminal 5.

There are no structural changes to the lounge as such. The basic layout and services in the lounge remain the same. The main changes are the reulphostering of furniture and changes to the layout of the terrace area with the addition of new sofas, day loungers and cabanas. And duck feet lamps.

A set of press images and video is below.

To quote those well known Australian cultural commentators Kath & Kim: “It’s nice. It’s different. It’s unusual.”

On related news, London Heathrow Terminal 5 has gained its second paid-for access lounge with the opening of a Plaza Premium lounge.The lounge is next to Gate A7 in the main terminal. The lounge is open from 05:00 to 22:00 daily. It promises views of the runway, showers, and a full bar and fresh food. No press pictures are available but Plaza Premium has built up a highly regarded portfolio of lounges at London Heathrow so it should impress.
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BA suspends Biarritz and Montpellier

BA’s summer seasonal routes from London Heathrow to Biarritz and Montpellier will not resume in 2018. Here are rebooking options for passengers.

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

BA has suspended two of its summer seasonal routes from London Heathrow to Biarritz and Montpellier.

These routes launched last summer. They were scheduled to resume from early May to late September 2018, but have now been cancelled.

Passengers whose flights have been cancelled are entitled to a full refund. The following rebooking options are also available:

Biarritz

Passengers can rebook on to an alternative BA operated flight from London Heathrow to Bilbao or Toulouse or from London Gatwick to Bordeaux. However, any additional consequential costs such as ground transportation will be at your expense.

Alternatively, passengers can be re-accommodated via Madrid on Air Nostrum which flies to Biarritz daily. This obviously involves an element of back-tracking. Passengers must fly to Madrid on a BA operated flight for the connection to Air Nostrum and fly between Saturday 5 May 2018 and Saturday 29 September 2018.

Passengers can also be re-accommodated on Air France services from Paris Charles de Gualle and Paris Orly to Biarritz. However, note that Air France does not operate a business class cabin on this route. Passengers must fly to Paris on a BA operated flight for the connection to Air France and fly between Saturday 5 May 2018 and Sunday 30 September 2018.

Montpellier

Passengers can be re-accommodated via Amsterdam on KLM which flies to Montpellier daily. Passengers must fly to Amsterdam on a BA operated flight for the connection to KLM and fly between Saturday 5 May 2018 and Sunday 30 September 2018.

BA has not announced any re-accommdation arrangements on airlines that fly direct from London to either Biarritz or Montpellier.

Passengers can also be re-accommodated on Air France services from Paris Charles de Gualle and Paris Orly to Montpellier. However, note that Air France does not operate a business class cabin on this route. Passengers must fly to Paris on a BA operated flight for the connection to Air France and fly between Saturday 5 May 2018 and Sunday 30 September 2018.

Note that it is quite common for BA to announce more rebooking options in the weeks after a route is cancelled. Therefore, if the above options are not satisfactory it is worth waiting a week or so to see if any alternatives emerge.

Affected passengers should contact either BA or their travel agent.

BA launches London Heathrow – Almeria

BA will fly from London Heathrow to Almeria on Tuesdays and Sundays for the summer season.

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Almeria (Image Credit: British Airways / Almeria Tourist Board)
Almeria (Image Credit: British Airways / Almeria Tourist Board)

BA is to launch a new summer seasonal route from London Heathrow to Almeria in Southeast Spain. The airline will fly to Almeria from London Heathrow Terminal 5, twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Flights will operate from Tuesday 27 March 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018.

The new route is an addition to a growing portfolio of summer seasonal European routes for BA at London Heathrow which also includes Malaga and Murcia and a number of routes in France and the Greek islands. It is likely that more summer seasonal routes from all of BA’s London airports will be announced in the coming months. Please see here for our full guide to summer seasonal routes at London Heathrow.

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

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easyJet and Ryanair also fly to Almeria from London Gatwick and Stansted respectively.

London Heathrow – Almeria

Flight BA420 Depart London Heathrow 13:15 – Arrive Almeria 17:00 (Tuesday, Saturday)
Flight BA421 Depart Almeria 17:50 – Arrive London Heathrow 19:35 (Tuesday, Saturday)

Update October 2018

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

BA launches London Heathrow – The Seychelles

British Airways will fly direct from London Heathrow to The Seychelles twice weekly from Saturday 24 March 2018.

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British Airways Boeing 787-9 First Class (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Boeing 787-9 First Class (Image Credit: British Airways)

BA has today announced a new summer seasonal route from London Heathrow to The Seychelles. The airline will fly to Seychelles International Airport twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Saturday 24 March 2018 until Saturday 27 October 2018.

The route will be operated by a four class Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner with First Class, Club World business class, World Traveller Plus premium economy, and World Traveller economy cabins. Flights will depart from London Heathrow Terminal 5.

This will be the only direct route from London to The Seychelles. It will also be the first time BA has flown to The Seychelles in approximately 15 years. It previously flew to The Seychelles via Nairobi.

This is one of many former routes that BA has reinstated thanks to the Boeing 787. Others include Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Santiago. BA is also due to launch Nashville in May of next year.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

London – The Seychelles

Flight BA63 Depart London Heathrow 17:50 – Arrive The Seychelles 07:00 (Wednesday, Saturday)
Flight BA62 Depart The Seychelles 09:00 – Arrive London Heathrow 16:20 (Thursday, Sunday)

(Precise timings may vary by season.)

BA has also prepared a PDF briefing.

Update March 2018:

BA has since confirmed that the route will now operate year-round.

BA introduces car transfers for UK domestic connections at Heathrow

BA is introducing airside transfers by car for selected UK domestic passengers connecting at London Heathrow.

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British Airways Premium Transfer Drive (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Premium Transfer Drive (Image Credit: British Airways)

Something of an unexpected announcement by BA today.  The airline is introduce airside transfers by car for selected passengers connecting from UK domestic flights at London Heathrow.

The service is called “Premium Transfer Drive”.  It will be available for passengers transferring from UK domestic flights to a short-haul flight in Club Europe or a long-haul flight in Club World or First Class.  It will also be available to Silver and Gold members of the BA Executive Club.  There’s no mention of reciprocal recognition for Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald frequent flyers.

It will only be available to passengers who are at risk of missing their connections.  Affected passengers will be alerted via the crew on their inbound flight to London Heathrow.

This service appears to only apply to UK domestic connections. It will not apply to connections between mainland Europe short-haul flights and long-haul flights.

Clearly, this a welcome move that does make Heathrow a (little) more competitive airport for passengers in UK regions who have a choice of a number of airports in Europe and the Middle East for connections.

That said, it will also be interesting to see how reliable the service is during major operational disruption due to severe weather.

Gordon Ramsay Plane Food has reopened at London Heathrow Terminal 5

Gordon Ramsay Plane Food restaurant has reopened at London Heathrow Terminal 5 following a refurbishment.

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Gordon Ramsay - London Heathrow Terminal 5
Gordon Ramsay – London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: Gordon Ramsay Restaurants)

Gordon Ramsay Plane Food restaurant at London Heathrow Terminal 5 has reopened today, Monday 14 August 2017, after a refurbishment.

The restaurant first opened in March 2008.  It was groundbreaking in two respects.  First, for raising the bar for airport dining with such a well known chef committing to an airport restaurant where there are limitations on how food can be prepared.  It also introduced well publicised dedicated takeaway “picnics” for eating in-flight.  Heston Blumenthal followed suit with The Perfectionists Cafe at London Heathrow Terminal 2.

The new restaurant promises a new Asian bar with dishes prepared before guests, a new cocktail bar and a newly refurbished dining area with refreshed menus which can be used for private events.

There is also a new take-on-board Picnic Menu with breakfast, vegetarian, fish and meat options.

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