Over the past few years London Heathrow has progressively built up a quite substantial portfolio of summer seasonal routes, primarily short-haul routes to Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal from BA. So here’s our guide to Heathrow’s summer seasonal routes.
Why do all these leisure routes operate from Heathrow when we hear of the airport pleading for a third runway to open new international destinations? Well, business travel is seasonal and BA can make more money using off-peak departure slots in August to send an aircraft full of passengers to Mykonos rather than half-empty to Frankfurt! BA also has a lot more slots to play with since it acquired bmi British Midland in 2012.
We have also prepared a similar guide for London City airport.
BA Short-Haul Guidance
It’s difficult to give precise timetable information as flight schedules vary throughout the season. However, aircraft tend to complete a round-trip within a day. This means typically flights depart London before late afternoon and arrive back in London from late afternoon into the evening. Also note that weekly frequencies may vary between the shoulder and peak summer season. Schedules may also be changed before the end of the summer season depending on commercial demand.
All BA operated short-haul flights listed below operate from London Heathrow Terminal 5, which the exception of Pula which operates from London Heathrow Terminal 3 (amongst many other year-round services).
Many of the routes below are also operated from London City, Gatwick and Stansted airports. It is of course possible to “mix and match” London departure and arrival airports if that is convenient.
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Seasonal Long-Haul Routes
United launches a seasonal route to Denver from Sunday 25 March 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018.
Delta’s seasonal route to Portland returns from Friday 4 May 2018 to Thursday 25 October 2018. The airline also flies to Salt Lake City from 2 April 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018.
BA will fly to The Seychelles twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Saturday 24 March 2018 until Saturday 27 October 2018.
Seasonal Short-Haul Routes
BA flies to Pula twice weekly on Tuesday and Saturday from Saturday 30 June 2018 to Saturday 29 September 2018.
BA flies to Split up to five times weekly, excluding Monday and Tuesday, from Sunday 29 April 2018 to Friday 28 September 2018.
Croatia Airlines flies to Split once a week on Saturday from 31 March 2018 to 27 October 2018.
Corsica (Figari Sud-Corse)
A new route for 2018, BA will fly from London Heathrow to Figari Sud-Corse Airport Corsica once a week on Sundays from Sunday 27 May 2018 to Sunday 7 October 2018.
BA flies to Nantes four times weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from Tuesday 3 July 2018 to Sunday 2 September 2018.
Biarritz and Montpellier will not return in the summer of 2018.
BA flies to Chania twice weekly on Wednesday from 2 May 2018 to 26 September 2018 and on Saturday from 5 May 2018 to 27 October 2018.
BA will increase flights to Corfu from 7 to 11 a week in the summer peak and the route will operate from Sunday 5 May 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018.
BA flies to Kalamata on Saturday from 28 April 2018 to 27 October 2018 and on Thursday from 3 May 2018 to 27 September 2018.
Another new route for 2018, BA will fly London Heathrow to Kefalonia Tuesdays and Saturdays from Tuesday 15 May to Saturday 6 October 2018.
Flights to Mykonos will increase from 3 to 7 per week and will operate from Wednesday 30 May 2018 to Sunday 30 September 2018. BA also flies to Mykonos from London City airport.
BA flies to Santorini 6 times weekly, excluding Tuesday, from Sunday 29 April 2018 to Saturday 29 September 2018. BA also flies to Santorini from London City airport.
BA flies to Zakynthos twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday from Saturday 26 May 2018 to Saturday 29 September 2018.
Kos will not return in the summer of 2018.
BA flies to Brindisi twice weekly on Tuesday and Saturday from Saturday 26 May 2018 to Saturday 29 September 2018.
BA flies to Olbia up to four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from Monday 14 May 2018 to Saturday 29 September 2018.
BA flies to Faro four times weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from Sunday 25 March 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018. BA also flies to Faro from London City, Gatwick and Stansted airports.
Another new route for 2018, BA will fly from London Heathrow twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, from Tuesday 27 March 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018.
BA’s once weekly Saturday service to Gran Canaria now operates all year round.
BA’s seasonal flights from London Heathrow to Ibiza launch on Thursday 29 March 2018, initially on Thursday and Saturday. Flights increase to daily from late May to early September and many flights are operated with Airbus A321 aircraft. The route ends on Saturday 27 October 2018. BA also flies to Ibiza from London City, Gatwick and Stansted airports.
BA flies to Murcia twice weekly on Tuesday and Saturday from Tuesday 27 March 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018.
BA’s year-round flights to Palma will increase from 7 to 13 per week in the summer season from Sunday 25 March 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018. BA also flies to Palma from London City, Gatwick and Stansted airports.
BA’s once weekly Saturday service to Tenerife South now operates all year round.
More to read on Summer Travel
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