British Airways has today confirmed that its flights from London Heathrow to Belfast City and Dublin airports (together making 12 return flights a day) will move from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5 from Sunday 24 October 2014.
These routes were inherited by BA after its acquisition of bmi just under two years ago. BA had previously relied on codeshares with Aer Lingus for connections to long-haul flights to/from these destinations, having withdrawn from these markets.
In part, this announcement is likely to a competitive response to Aer Lingus’ move to the new Terminal 2 which opens in June of this year. Furthermore, the airline is expected to consolidate its Heathrow operations in Terminals 3 and 5 next year. Passengers will also benefit from reduced connection times to other flights in Terminal 5.
The airline has not yet confirmed which routes will move out of Terminal 5 to accommodate the move. In related terminal move news, BA flights to Tel Aviv will also move from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5 from Sunday 30 March 2014.