British Airways resumes short haul flights at London Heathrow Terminal 3 from, today, Tuesday 9 November 2021.
All BA flights at London Heathrow were consolidated at Terminal 5, initially “for a few weeks” from the end of March 2020. The terminal, along with Terminal 4, closed shortly afterwards with all airlines operating from Terminals 2 or 5.
Terminal 3 reopened to passenger flights in July 2021. BA’s Oneworld alliance partners American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Sri Lankan and Qantas Airways are operating at Terminal 3.
American Airlines’ flights between Heathrow and New York JFK remain co-located with BA at Terminal 5.
A number of other airlines moved back to Terminal 3 many weeks ago including Delta, Emirates, MEA and Virgin Atlantic.
BA was originally due to return to Terminal 3 before the end of September 2021. The return to Terminal 3 is no doubt driven by the expansion of long haul routes to the US.
Terminal 4 is closed to passenger flights. It remains on standby to be used as an arrivals terminal should the UK government add any countries back onto its “red list”.
BA Terminal 3 Short Haul Routes
BA short haul routes moving from Terminal 5 to 3 in 2021 include:
Algiers (resumes Sunday 14 November 2021)
Krakow (resumes Thursday 9 December 2021)
Pisa (resumes Friday 3 December 2021)
Zagreb (resumes Thursday 2 December 2021)
Further BA terminal and airport switches are likely in the medium term. This is particularly at the start of the summer season on Sunday 27 March 2022 when many seasonal routes return. The likely split of short haul routes between Gatwick and Heathrow should be known by then.
Passengers with connections at London Heathrow should check their itineraries as the Minimum Connection Time for T3 – T5 transfers is 90 minutes, compared to 60 minutes for T5 – T5 connections.
Passengers can check the status of their bookings using the Manage My Booking tool on ba.com
Terminal 3 Ground Facilities & Lounges
In terms of ground facilities for BA passengers, currently only the BA Galleries Club lounge is open at Terminal 3.
The BA Galleries First lounge is currently closed. As are lounges operated by partner airlines Cathay Pacific and Qantas. Fast Track security may also not be available to eligible BA passengers.