As travel restrictions are lifted around Europe, British Airways is gradually increasing its flying programme from London.
BA has added a number of seasonal and year-round short-haul routes at London Heathrow, with a focus on leisure routes.
BA CityFlyer has resumed short-haul flights at London City. BA has also restarted some long-haul flights at London Gatwick.
As borders outside Europe are largely closed to all but essential travellers, long-haul schedules are expected to be limited for some months. BA will only reinstate routes where they generate positive cash flow which means the resumption of long-haul routes is likely to be driven by cargo demand.
Below are the main changes up to the end of August. These are indicative and subject to change. Start dates for destinations not yet operating are on an “at the earliest” basis. Realistically, it’s not possible to have firm visibility more than two weeks’ ahead.
Also note that cancelled flights are still showing on some airport websites. BA is operating a number of cargo-only flights which may appear on some websites and apps under their regular flight numbers.
For the most accurate live flight information, it is recommended you use the flight timetables and live flight status pages on ba.com However, timetables beyond September do not reflect recent changes, such as the retirement of the Boeing 747 fleet.
Travel & Entry Restrictions
Country-by-country guidance for UK travellers is available from the Foreign Office.
IATA also has full details of country entry restrictions and any country specific forms that need to be completed prior to check-in or prior to completing customs and immigration procedures on landing. Some countries require these to be completed 24-48 hours before travel.
Some routes may also have specific procedures regarding hand luggage and access to overhead bins in flight.
Full details of new airport and on board procedures for BA flights are available at ba.com
BA Refund and Rebooking Policies
If your flight is cancelled you are entitled to a full refund.
You will need to call BA to obtain a refund as this cannot be done online.
All passengers due to travel up to Wednesday 30 September 2020 have the flexibility to change their booking free of charge or exchange the value of their ticket for a voucher. This can be used as payment towards a new booking for travel up to and including 30 April 2022. More details of this policy are at ba.com
Passengers can check the status of their bookings using the Manage My Booking tool on ba.com
All BA flights are operating from Terminal 5.
BA has reopened some of its Heathrow lounges. A number of airport cafes and coffee shops have reopened. At Terminal 5, the Club Aspire lounge has reopened. Gordon Ramsay Plane Food has reopened. The Plaza Premium Lounge remains closed.
The food and beverage service on all flights remains limited. Here are details of the service for all cabins.
All other airlines at Heathrow, apart from American Airlines, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways are operating from Terminal 2. China Southern Airlines will move to Terminal 5 on Wednesday 5 August, as will Finnair on Saturday 15 August. Terminals 3 and 4 are closed.
London Heathrow – UK Domestic
BA is currently flying to Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Manchester, Newcastle and Newquay.
BA has permanently suspended Leeds Bradford.
London Heathrow – Short-Haul Europe
BA has reinstated a number of year-round and summer seasonal routes to mainland Europe.
Routes with more than twice daily flights include:
Madrid (Flights BA460 & BA461 operated with Boeing 777 aircraft on Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 1 August)
Routes with at least, or near, daily flights from July / August include:
Paris Charles De Gaulle
Routes with less than daily flights from July / August include:
Innsbruck (delayed to 6 December)
Marrakech (delayed to 9 September)
Milan Linate (delayed to 1 September)
Stuttgart (from 1 September)
BA has permanently suspended flights to Beirut and Moscow Sheremetyevo.
Returning summer seasonal routes from July / August include:
Figari Sud-Corse Corsica
Ljubljana (from 2 September)
Palma de Mallorca
Summer seasonal routes to Montpellier, Nantes, Perugia, and Podgorica are suspended until 2021.
BA has transferred many short-haul routes from Gatwick to Heathrow until early November 2020 including:
These still carry their original Gatwick flight numbers, which have four digits beginning with a 2. They may show on some websites as having been diverted, due to the change of London airport.
Algiers (delayed until 3 September)
Salzburg (delayed until 12 September)
Flights on overlapping routes such as Dalaman, Faro, Ibiza, Palma and Rhodes have also transferred to Heathrow.
London Heathrow – Long-Haul
BA is progressively adding long-haul passenger flights. These are operated with Airbus A350-1000, Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 aircraft.
BA’s fleet of 12 Airbus A380 aircraft is grounded and 4 aircraft are expected to be placed into storage for up to 3 years. BA has retired its entire Boeing 747 fleet, some four years earlier than planned. Up to six Boeing 777 aircraft will be placed into storage for up to 3 years.
Long-haul routes operating with reduced frequencies are:
Dallas / Fort Worth
New York JFK
Islamabad (from 13 August)
Tokyo Haneda (until 22 July, resumes 29 August)
BA has suspended summer seasonal routes to Calgary and Charleston until 2021. The planned launch of Portland, Oregon has been cancelled.
Buenos Aires is suspended until Tuesday 1 September at the earliest.
BA’s sister airline Iberia has resumed many long-haul routes to Latin America.
Due to the time it will take for international travel restrictions to be lifted, the restoration of long-haul routes is likely to be driven by underlying cargo demand.
BA is currently operating cargo-only flights to Atlanta, Bangalore, Bangkok, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Delhi, Houston, Hyderabad, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Mumbai, Philadelphia, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, and Tel Aviv.
One-off cargo flights have also operated to destinations not on the BA route network such as Edmonton and Manila.
London Gatwick – Long Haul
BA is currently operating limited flights from London Gatwick to Antigua, Bermuda, Barbados, Kingston and St Lucia.
BA currently plans to resume the following long-haul destinations at Gatwick:
Punta Cana – Tuesday 1 September
Cancun – Wednesday 2 September
Montego Bay – New winter seasonal route from Tuesday 13 October
As the South Terminal is currently closed to passenger flights, these will operate from the North Terminal.
New York JFK is suspended until Sunday 25 October. Lima and Toronto will not return until summer 2021.
London Gatwick – Short-Haul
Short-haul flights will not resume at London Gatwick until November 2020 at the earliest.
Flights to Gran Canaria and Milan Bergamo have been suspended until late October 2020. Flights from Gatwick to Antalya will not resume until summer 2021. Almeria has been permanently suspended.
BA CityFlyer has resumed flights to Bergerac, Dublin, Edinburgh, Florence, Glasgow, Ibiza, Nice, and Palma de Mallorca.
BA’s service to the Isle of Man, operated by Loganair, is also operating.
This will be followed by Mahon on Friday 7 August.
Flights to Amsterdam, Berlin Tegel, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Milan Linate, Munich, Prague, Rome Fiumicino, Rotterdam, Venice and Zurich will resume from late August / early September at the earliest.
BA will launch a new route to Belfast City airport on Tuesday 1 September.
BA’s franchise partner SUN-AIR will reinstate London City – Billund from 1 September.
Summer seasonal routes to Mykonos, Santorini, Skiathos and Split do not appear to be operating this year. The planned launch of San Sebastian has been postponed.
London City – New York JFK is expected to be suspended permanently as BA plans to retire the Airbus A318 aircraft used to operate this route.