British Airways is to return to Osaka after a near 20 year absence.
BA will fly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Kansai International Airport four times weekly from Sunday 31 March 2019.
Flights will be operated with a three class Boeing 787-8 aircraft. The flight operates from London Heathrow on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday. It operates from Kansai International Airport on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
BA used to fly to Osaka via Tokyo Narita. However, the route was suspended in October 1998. Japan Airlines also used to fly direct from Heathrow to Osaka.
Kansai International Airport has only just restored operations to normal following more than two weeks of disruption after its facilities were flooded following Typhoon Jebi.
The route will be codeshared with Japan Airlines which, along with Finnair and Iberia, operates a joint-business with BA between Europe and Japan. It will also be possible to combine direct flights between Heathrow and Osaka with indirect flights via Helsinki on Finnair and Tokyo Haneda on Japan Airlines.
BA has also prepared a short PDF summary of the new route.
British Airways has suspended its route from London Heathrow to Muscat for the summer 2019 season.
Currently, the route operates five times weekly. The last outbound flight from London Heathrow, BA79, is scheduled to operate on Saturday 30 March 2019. The last inbound flight from Muscat, BA80, is scheduled to operate on Sunday 31 March 2019. At present, the route is due to return from late October 2019.
No reason has been given for the suspension. However, as the route is operated with a Boeing 787 a need to generate some slack in Boeing 787 schedules is likely to be a factor. The route was also subject to blanket cancellations during industrial action last year, which suggests it is one of BA’s more lightly loaded routes.
Oman Air will continue to fly from London Heathrow to Muscat twice daily.
At present, BA has not confirmed any rebooking options with other airlines.
However, it has long been standard practice for BA to only begin discussions after a route suspension has been announced. In addition, progressively more options become available over time. As such, we would recommend waiting a couple of weeks before rebooking to see what options are available. We will update this page accordingly as rebooking options become available.
Alternatively, passengers whose flights have been cancelled are entitled to a refund or should be able to rebook on an alternative date near to their original date of travel.
Affected passengers should contact BA or their travel agent.
American Airlines Codeshare
This route is codeshared with American Airlines under flight numbers AA6421 and AA6420.
Rebooking options for passengers who were due to travel on this flight as part of an itinerary booked through American Airlines (with a ticket number beginning 001) may have different rebooking options to those who have booked through BA (with a ticket number beginning 125). Affected passengers will need to contact American Airlines accordingly.
Rebooking Options – Friday 14 September 2018
BA has secured a rebooking option with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul.
In all cases passengers must connect to/from a BA operated flight between London Heathrow and Istanbul to connect to/from a Turkish Airlines flight between Istanbul and Muscat.
This is not ideal. London Heathrow – Istanbul is treated by BA as a short-haul flight, so First and Club World business class passengers will be booked into Club Europe with the same leg room as EuroTraveller. World Traveller Plus premium economy passengers will be booked into EuroTraveller.
Turkish Airlines also operates a two class service between Istanbul and Muscat so First Class and World Traveller Plus passengers will be downgraded.
Rebooking Options – Friday 21 September 2018
BA has secured a rebooking option with Etihad via Abu Dhabi.
Again, in all cases passengers must connect to/from a BA operated flight between London Heathrow and Abu Dhabi to connect to/from a Etihad flight between Abu Dhabi and Muscat.
Etihad operates a two class service between Abu Dhabi and Muscat so First Class and World Traveller Plus passengers will be downgraded. However, it is only a short flight of just over one hour.
These rebooking options are available for passengers travelling between 30 March 2019 and 1 November 2019.
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 has suspended its route from London Heathrow to Tehran.
The last outbound flight (BA153) will operate from London Heathrow on Saturday 22 September 2018. The last inbound flight (BA152) will operate from Tehran on Sunday 23 September 2018.
The route was relaunched in September 2016 having been suspended four years earlier. Whilst no reason has been given for the suspension, it is likely that the imposition of sanctions on Iran by the United States has had an impact.
This follows similar suspensions by Air France and KLM. Austrian and Lufthansa continue to fly to Tehran from Vienna and Frankfurt respectively. Iran Air will also continue to fly from London Heathrow to Tehran.
Passengers whose flights are cancelled are entitled to a refund or to change their dates of travel before the route is suspended.
BA is in the process of discussing rebooking options with other airlines. When routes are suspended it normally takes at least a few days for BA to secure rebooking agreements. In addition, options with more airlines tend to progressively become available.
As such, unless it is urgent, we would recommend waiting at least a week to see what rebooking options are available. We will update this page with rebooking options as they become available.
Update: Tuesday 28 August 2018
BA has secured a rebooking agreement with Austrian and Lufthansa via Vienna and Frankfurt.
In all cases, passengers must connect to/from a BA operated flight between London Heathrow and Vienna or Frankfurt. It should also be noted that Austrian does not operate a premium economy cabin on this route. This option applies for travel up to Saturday 30 March 2019.
Update: Wednesday 5 September 2018
BA has also secured a rebooking agreement with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul.
In all cases, passengers must connect to/from a BA operated flight between London Heathrow and Istanbul for travel up to Monday 30 September 2019.
Also note, not all of the above options may be available to passengers who have made bookings using Avios or group bookings.
British Airways is to launch a new direct route from London Heathrow to Pittsburgh from Tuesday 2 April 2019.
The airline will fly to Pittsburgh from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Pittsburgh International Airport four times weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flights will be operated with the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in a three class, Club World business class, World Traveller Plus premium economy and World Traveller economy configuration.
This will be the only direct route from London to Pittsburgh. Condor and Delta fly to Pittsburgh from Frankfurt and Paris Charles de Gaulle respectively on a summer seasonal basis. Wow Air also flies from Reykjavik year round.
BA previously flew from London Heathrow to Pittsburgh via Washington from May 1986 to June 1993. It was then operated from Gatwick until October 1999 using a US Air Boeing 767 aircraft and crew in BA colours.
This news continues a trend of BA launching one new transatlantic route from London Heathrow a year, all initially with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Previous route launches include Austin, San Jose, New Orleans and Nashville. All routes seem to have performed well, though San Jose was a target for tactical cancellations during recent Boeing 787 Dreamliner engine issues.
In terms of the prospect of further North America routes from London Heathrow, BA has previously said it expected to launch about five new routes with the 787. Any further route launches are likely to follow the trend of BA launching routes to cities not currently served by London, which rules out cities currently served by Delta such as Detroit, Minneapolis, and Salt Lake City.
British Airways has suspended its daily service from London Heathrow to Calgary for the winter season.
The last outbound and inbound flight operates on Saturday 27 October 2018. The service resumes on Sunday 31 March 2019. The affected flight numbers are BA102 and BA103.
No specific reason has been given for the cancellation. However, it is a reasonable assumption that unsatisfactory commercial performance is behind the decision.
BA started flying from London Heathrow to Calgary in December 2006, initially with a Boeing 767 aircraft. The route then changed to a Boeing 787 in July 2014.
Air Canada will continue to fly direct from London Heathrow to Calgary year-round.
Rebooking Options as at Wednesday 6 June 2018
Passengers whose flights have been cancelled are entitled to a full refund.
Alternatively, passengers can also rebook to a date when BA is flying to Calgary.
Passengers can also rebook to an alternative BA destination in the US and Canada. However, any additional costs will be at your expense.
BA is in discussions with local airlines about rebooking arrangements. It is likely that further options will be announced in the next few days. Unless you would prefer a refund or to fly to another destination, we would recommend waiting until these have been confirmed before taking any action.
Passengers who need to change their booking should contact either BA or their travel agent.
Rebooking Options As At Tuesday 12 June 2018
BA has now secured a rebooking arrangement with United Airlines.
Passengers can rebook to Calgary by connecting to United Airlines from either Chicago O’Hare, Denver, Houston or San Francisco.
Clearly, unless you enjoy taking circuitous routings, Chicago O’Hare is the only logical option!
In all cases, passengers must connect from a British Airways flight from London Heathrow. As United Airlines does not offer premium economy, passengers booked in World Traveller Plus will be booked into economy on United Airlines.
Rebooking Options As At Tuesday 19 June 2018
BA has also secured a rebooking arrangement with Alaska Airlines.
Passengers can rebook to Calgary by connecting to Alaska Airlines from Seattle.
Again, passengers must connect from a British Airways flight from London Heathrow. As Alaska Airlines does not offer premium economy, passengers booked in World Traveller Plus will be booked into economy on Alaska Airlines.
Rebooking Options As At Wednesday 27 June 2018
BA has now secured a rebooking arrangement with WestJet.
Passengers can rebook to Calgary by connecting to WestJet from Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego or Vancouver.
Clearly, Vancouver is the most logical option, not least because you don’t have to deal with US Customs & Immigration.
Again, in all cases passengers must connect from a British Airways flight from London Heathrow. WestJet does not offer business class. It does offer premium economy. However, all BA passengers will be booked into economy.
In theory, in addition to the options above, passengers should be also be able to be accommodated on American Airlines. However, its flights to Calgary from the US are relatively limited.
British Airways is to suspend its service from London Heathrow to Luanda, Angola, from early June 2018. The last outbound flight BA77 departs Thursday 7 June 2018. The last inbound flight BA76 departs Saturday 9 June 2018.
British Airways is to suspend its service from London Heathrow to Luanda, Angola, from early June 2018.
The route currently operates once weekly and is codeshared with Angola Airlines. It is the only direct route between London and Luanda. The last outbound flight BA77 departs Thursday 7 June 2018. The last inbound flight BA76 departs Saturday 9 June 2018.
No reason has been given for the cancellation and the period of notice is very short. The route has been subject to occasional cancellations in recent weeks due to maintenance requirements of BA’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners.. The short notice period does suggest a degree of urgency to release a spare Boeing 787 for the summer.
It also has to be said that this development follows a number of suspended routes to Africa.
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.
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.
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.