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BA continues to operate a limited flight schedule, principally at London Heathrow Terminal 5.

A small number of long haul and short haul flights operate at London Gatwick and City airports respectively.

British Airways Short Haul Flights

Please see here for a full list of BA’s short haul route network.

At Heathrow, BA has restored most year round short haul routes, but with significantly reduced frequencies. A number of summer seasonal routes will come to an end in the coming weeks.

BA returned to Bari and Catania on Friday 17 September and Palermo on Saturday 18 September. Basel and Istanbul restart on Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 September.

BA is expected to restart short haul flights at Heathrow Terminal 3 later in 2021, but no exact date has been given.

BA will launch weekly flights from July 2022 from London Heathrow to Ponta Delgada on São Miguel Island and Terceira Island in The Azores.

BA CityFlyer is operating flights from London City Airport to Amsterdam, Belfast City, Berlin, Bergerac, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Guernsey, Ibiza, Jersey, Malaga, Mykonos, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Skiathos, Split and Zurich. Rotterdam restarts Monday 20 September.

Virtually no short haul flights will operate at Gatwick until late March 2022. One exception is Glasgow which restarts on Friday 24 September 2021.

BA is in consultation with trade unions on proposals to set up a new subsidiary airline to operate short haul flights at Gatwick. This is likely to offer a very similar service to BA with up to 17 aircraft, but with a lower operating cost base and a schedule geared towards the summer season.

British Airways Long Haul Flights

Please see here for a full list of BA’s long haul route network.

Long haul routes planned to operate at London Heathrow in September include:

USA: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington Dulles

Canada: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver

North Atlantic: Bermuda

Caribbean: Antigua (until 4 September), Barbados, Grand Cayman, Nassau, St Lucia (until 4 September)

Central & South America: Cancun, Mexico City

Africa: Abuja, Accra, Cairo, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi

Middle East: Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Riyadh, Tel Aviv

South & Central Asia: Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Lahore, Mumbai, New Delhi

Far East: Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo Haneda

Passengers arriving at Heathrow on direct flights from red list countries will be transported by bus to a dedicated arrivals facility at Terminal 4.

Long haul flights operating at London Gatwick include Antigua, Grenada, Kingston, Mauritius, Montego Bay, Providenciales and Saint Lucia.

British Airways Ground Services & Lounges

At Terminal 5, the Galleries lounges & Concorde Room are open for all passengers who are entitled to access BA lounges.

British Airways operated lounges at Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports have reopened.

The Galleries Club lounge and Concorde Room at New York JFK Terminal 7 have reopened.

British Airways Fleet Guides

Please see here for our guides to BA’s short haul and long haul fleets and how these have been impacted by COVID-19.

Oneworld Alliance & Codeshare Partner Airlines

BA’s Oneworld alliance and codeshare partners American Airlines (New York JFK only), China Southern Airlines, Iberia and Qatar Airways are currently operating from Heathrow Terminal 5.

BA’s alliance partners American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Sri Lankan and Qantas Airways are operating from Terminal 3.

All other airlines at Heathrow are operating departing flights from either Terminals 2 & 3.

BA’s franchise partner, Comair, has resumed flights within Southern Africa after a two month suspension. SUN-AIR, which operates flights to Billund from London City, has suspended all scheduled fights until January 2022 at the earliest.

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Special British Airways Series

In the summer of 2019, we published a 100 part series on the history of BA and its predecessor airlines including Imperial Airways, British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways.

You can see the full series in numerical order, by theme or by decade.

In April 2020, we published a ten part series on British Airways advertising from 1974 and 2020.

This series highlights the evolution of the airline and how changing societal and travel trends were reflected in its advertising.

Following the premature retirement of the Boeing 747 in 2020 due to COVID-19, we published a seven part series of the story of the Boeing 747 at BOAC and BA.

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