BA Adds Long-Haul Routes In December

British Airways plans to reinstate many long-haul routes at London Heathrow throughout December.

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image Credit: British Airways)
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways will reinstate a number of long-haul routes at London Heathrow in December.

This follows the easing of lockdown restrictions in England in December which had prompted the airline to operate many routes on a cargo only basis during November. Frequencies are also increased on a number of other routes.

As ever, schedules are subject to change at short notice. There is limited visibility on flight schedules. Timetables indicate some long-haul routes may return at London Gatwick later in December. However, these have been postponed at short notice many times before.

Passengers due to fly in December are strongly advised to keep a close eye on their bookings using the Manage My Booking tool. All passengers must comply with pre-departure and entry requirements.

BA’s Galleries Club South and First lounges at Terminal 5 also reopen from 2 December.

By region, routes expected to return at Heathrow, or benefit from frequency increases, include:

North America

Destinations provisionally due to return in December include Boston and Philadelphia from 3 December as well as Atlanta and San Francisco from 10 December.

Flights from London Heathrow to Barbados will increase to daily from 9 December.

BA will continue to operate passenger flights to Chicago O’Hare, Grand Cayman, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, Seattle, Toronto and Washington Dulles throughout December.

Central & South America

BA returns to Rio de Janeiro with three times weekly flights from 12 December.

Flights to Sao Paulo increase to daily from 2 December. BA will also provisionally fly to Buenos Aires and Mexico City from 4 December and Santiago weekly on Saturdays from 5 December.

Africa & Indian Ocean

BA reinstates daily flights to Cape Town from 3 December and to The Maldives from 4 December.

Flights to the Maldives are operated with BA’s latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft which features a modified First Class cabin and the Club Suite in Club World.

Flights to Abuja increase to daily from 2 December. Accra also increases to daily from 3 December.

BA is provisionally due to return to The Seychelles from 12 December.

BA continues to serve Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi throughout December.

Middle East

BA reinstates flights to Bahrain and Riyadh from 2 December, Tel Aviv from 4 December and Kuwait from 9 December.

Dubai also increases to up to three times daily from 10 December.


BA provisionally reinstates passenger flights to Kuala Lumpur from 4 December. Flights to Tokyo Haneda are provisionally due to resume from 11 December.

In Asia, BA will continue serve Bengaluru, Chennai, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Lahore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai and Singapore.

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