British Airways is slowly 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 some short-haul flights at London City. BA has also restarted a small number of long-haul flights at London Gatwick.
As borders outside Europe are largely closed to all but essential travellers, long-haul schedules are limited well into 2021. 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.
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.
Travel & Entry Restrictions
Travel and entry restrictions vary by both country and region and can include:
- Restrictions on entry based on citizenship and purpose of travel.
- Evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test.
- Completion and submission of a medical declaration before travel.
- Advance registration with overseas authorities.
- Some long-haul routes (eg India & South Africa) closing for sale up to 7 days before travel.
- Restrictions on transit passengers.
BA has provided a list of links to country-by-country guidance and relevant forms that must be completed before departure on its website.
Some countries require forms to be completed, and submitted to relevant authorities where necessary, 24-72 hours before travel. Passengers who do not comply may be denied boarding.
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.
Country-by-country guidance for UK travellers is also available from the Foreign Office.
Full details of new airport and on board procedures for BA flights are available at ba.com
Some flights may have specific procedures such as different check-in procedures, temperature checks, restrictions on hand luggage and additional Personal Protective Equipment requirements.
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 Future Travel Voucher (redeemable by phone) or eVoucher (redeemable online).
These 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 Please note there are separate rules on the use of Future Travel Vouchers and eVouchers.
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 departure lounges. A number of airport cafes and coffee shops have reopened. At Terminal 5, the Club Aspire lounge, Gordon Ramsay Plane Food and the Plaza Premium Lounge have reopened.
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, China Southern Airlines, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways are operating from Terminal 2. 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)
Routes with at least, or near, daily flights from July / August include:
Brussels (now suspended until 1 October)
Dublin (now suspended until 1 October, codeshares with Aer Lingus still operate)
Luxembourg (now suspended until 1 October)
Paris Charles De Gaulle
Routes with less than daily flights from July / August include:
Basel (now suspended until 1 October)
Billund (suspended from 4 September until 1 October)
Dusseldorf (now suspended until 1 October)
Gothenburg (now suspended until 1 October)
Innsbruck (delayed to 12 December)
Marrakech (delayed to 1 October)
Milan Linate (delayed to 1 October)
Reykjavik (suspended during September)
Stuttgart (delayed to 1 October)
Valencia (until 6 September)
Vienna (until 7 September)
Zurich (until 6 September)
BA has permanently suspended flights to Beirut and Moscow Sheremetyevo.
Returning summer seasonal routes from July / August include:
Bastia (until 5 September)
Figari Sud-Corse Corsica
Palma de Mallorca
Pristina (until 5 September)
Pula (until 5 September)
Summer seasonal routes to Ljubljana, 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 1 October)
Bilbao (ends 29 August)
Bordeaux (ends 5 September)
Genoa (ended 16 August)
Gran Canaria (from 26 October)
Lanzarote (until 2 September)
Malta (until 7 September)
Salzburg (delayed until 3 October)
Seville (ended 29 August)
Flights on overlapping routes such as Dalaman, Faro, Ibiza, Palma and Rhodes have also transferred to Heathrow.
London Heathrow – Long-Haul
A number of long-haul routes are suspended with frequencies cut on others until late March 2021.
Some long-haul flights may be reinstated at short notice depending on reciprocal agreements between governments on reopening routes. These may have specific booking and check-in procedures. Some may also operate on a one-way basis only.
Long-haul routes operating with reduced frequencies are:
Dallas / Fort Worth
New York JFK
Central & South America
Bengaluru (one way only to London Heathrow)
Chennai (one way only to London Heathrow from 3 September)
Hyderabad (one way only to London Heathrow)
Note that flights between London Heathrow and Delhi and Mumbai close for sale 72 hours before departure. All passengers travelling between the UK and India must complete a number of forms prior to travel and ensure they comply fully with all entry requirements. There are also restrictions on transit passengers. Links to the relevant forms are on ba.com
Tokyo Haneda (delayed until 1 October)
Bahrain (from 18 September)
Kuwait (from 2 September)
Riyadh (from 17 September)
Abuja (from 16 September)
Accra (from 4 September)
Cairo (from 2 September)
Johannesburg (one way only flights to London Heathrow on 6 & 11 September – these close for sale 7 days before departure)
Lagos (from 1 September)
London Heathrow – Sydney via Singapore is suspended until 15 December 2020.
BA has suspended summer seasonal routes to Calgary and Charleston until 2021. The planned launch of Portland, Oregon has been cancelled.
A number of long-haul routes are expected to be suspended for the winter season. These include Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Durban, Jeddah, Osaka and Pittsburgh.
BA’s sister airline Iberia has resumed many long-haul routes to Latin America.
Due to the time it will take for travel restrictions to be lifted, the restoration of long-haul routes is likely to be driven by cargo demand.
BA is currently operating cargo-only flights to Atlanta, Bangkok, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Houston, Johannesburg, Mexico City and Philadelphia.
One-off cargo flights have also operated to destinations not on the BA route network such as Edmonton and Manila.
Long-haul flights are currently operated with Airbus A350-1000, Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 family 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.
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:
Cancun – Thursday 1 October
Montego Bay – New winter seasonal route from Tuesday 13 October
Punta Cana – Tuesday 13 October
Providenciales – Thursday 15 October
As the South Terminal is currently closed to passenger flights, these will operate from the North Terminal.
Las Vegas, Lima, New York JFK and Toronto are suspended until summer 2021. Winter seasonal flights to Cape Town will not operate this year.
London Gatwick – Short-Haul
Short-haul flights will not resume at London Gatwick until 9 November 2020 at the earliest.
Flights from Gatwick to Antalya will not resume until April 2021. Almeria and Milan Bergamo have been permanently suspended.
BA CityFlyer has resumed, with limited frequencies, flights to Dublin, Edinburgh, Florence, Glasgow, Ibiza, Mahon, Nice, and Palma de Mallorca (until 1 September).
Summer seasonal routes to Bergerac have ended for the year.
BA will launch a new route to Belfast City airport on Monday 7 September.
Year-round routes will resume as follows:
Amsterdam (5 October)
Berlin Tegel (7 September)
Dusseldorf (21 September)
Frankfurt (10 September)
Geneva (28 November)
Milan Linate (2 November)
Munich (2 November)
Prague (5 October)
Rome Fiumicino (5 October)
Rotterdam (5 October)
Zurich (5 October)
BA’s franchise partner SUN-AIR will reinstate London City – Billund from 21 September at the earliest.
Summer seasonal routes to Mykonos, Santorini, Skiathos and Split are not operating this year. The planned launch of San Sebastian has been postponed. Venice has been suspended until summer 2021.
London City – New York JFK is suspended permanently.