American Airlines will move a number of routes at London Heathrow to Terminal 5 for the summer 2022 season.
From Sunday 27 March 2022, American will move all flights to Dallas / Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Miami from Terminal 3 to 5.
American already operates all flights to New York JFK from Terminal 5.
AA flights to Boston, Charlotte, Chicago O’Hare, Raleigh – Durham, Phoenix and Philadelphia will remain at Terminal 3. Seattle is suspended due to delivery delays to Boeing 787 aircraft.
This move will initially only apply for the summer 2022 season, up to Saturday 30 October 2022.
This move is driven by a desire for American and BA to benefit from co-location at airport terminals, like its transatlantic joint business rivals Delta and Virgin Atlantic.
This not only facilitates connections to BA’s short haul route network over the summer season but also high frequency trunk routes operated by both AA & BA benefit from being at the same terminal at Heathrow.
Not all overlapping routes between AA & BA, notably Boston and Chicago’Hare, move. There are operational practicalities as all of American’s planned routes at Terminal 5 are operated with Boeing 777-300 aircraft.
American has previously expressed a desire for a more permanent presence at Terminal 5. It had abandoned plans to add a Flagship Lounge at Terminal 3. There had been speculation before COVID-19 that it might set up its own lounge at Terminal 5C.
As has already been announced, BA will move to Terminal 8 at New York JFK from December this year.
Back at Heathrow, BA will move a number of long haul routes, including Austin, Orlando and Phoenix, to Terminal 3 for the summer season.