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British Airways Aircraft At Sunset, London Heathrow (Image Credit: Heathrow)

British Airways Operations

BA is operating a limited flight schedule. Flights are concentrated at London Heathrow Terminal 5.

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

General guidance for passengers due to fly with BA is available on the BA website, with answers to frequently asked questions.

Passengers are advised to ensure their contact details are up to date in the Manage By Booking tool. You can consult the most up to date flight timetable and live flight information on ba.com Note that due to travel restrictions, some routes may operate on a one way basis only.

Short haul flights at Heathrow are largely limited to UK regional airports. BA has reinstated many summer seasonal routes to Greece and Spain and is adding a small number of flights to other cities in mainland Europe. The airline plans to launch new seasonal routes from Heathrow to Cluj-Napoca, Gdansk, Riga and Wroclaw from mid July.

No short haul routes will operate at Gatwick until 31 October 2021 at the earliest. The airline’s long term future at the airport is under review.

BA CityFlyer is operating a limited number of weekly flights from London City to Belfast, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Faro, Frankfurt, Gibraltar, Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey and Palma de Mallorca.

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

North America: Barbados, Bermuda, Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Washington Dulles.

Central & South America: Mexico City.

Africa: Abuja, Accra, Cairo, Lagos

Middle East: Bahrain, Riyadh, Tel Aviv.

Asia Pacific: Bengaluru, Hong Kong (one way to Heathrow daily; limited outbound passenger flights to Hong Kong), Mumbai, New Delhi, Singapore.

Passengers arriving on direct flights from red list countries have to clear a dedicated arrivals facility at Terminal 3.

Long haul flights operating with limited frequencies at Gatwick include Antigua, Cancun, Kingston, Punta Cana and Saint Lucia.

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

The following long haul routes are permanently suspended:

North America: Calgary, Charleston, Pittsburgh
Central & South America: Lima (from Gatwick)
Africa: Durban
Indian Ocean: The Seychelles
Middle East: Abu Dhabi, Damman, Jeddah, Muscat
Asia: Kuala Lumpur, Osaka, Seoul

All other airlines at Heathrow, apart from American Airlines, BA, China Southern Airlines, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways are operating from Terminal 2.

At Terminal 5, the Galleries First lounge in South end of the terminal is open for all passengers who are entitled to access BA lounges. All other BA lounges are closed.

BA’s franchise partner, Comair, has resumed flights within Africa. SUN-AIR which operates flights to Billund from London City has suspended all scheduled fights until September at the earliest.

Here are more of our latest posts on British Airways:

British Airways Disruption

The latest information on disruption to BA flights due to Coronavirus:

British Airways London Heathrow Long Haul

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British Airways London Heathrow Short Haul

The latest news on BA’s short haul routes at London Heathrow:

British Airways London Heathrow Ground Services

The latest news on ground service developments at London Heathrow Terminals 5.

British Airways London Gatwick

All short-haul flights are suspended at Gatwick until 31 October 2021 at the earliest.

British Airways London City

BA CityFlyer is currently operating a very limited schedule at London City with the return of many routes postponed.

British Airways First Class

BA operates First Class on a number of long haul routes at London Heathrow. BA is currently in the process of reducing the size of the cabin on Boeing 777 aircraft to 8 seats. A modified cabin with a door has been introduced on new deliveries of Boeing 777-300 aircraft. The retirement of the Boeing 747 has resulted in a significant reduction in First Class capacity.

British Airways Club World

Club World is the name of BA’s long-haul business class. BA’s new “Club Suite” is fitted to new deliveries of Airbus A350, Boeing 777-300 and Boeing 787-10 aircraft. BA is currently in the process of retrofitting the Club Suite to Heathrow based Boeing 777-200 aircraft. As at February 2021, the Club Suite is fitted to 28 Heathrow based aircraft.

British Airways World Traveller Plus

World Traveller Plus is the name for BA’s long haul premium economy cabin.

British Airways World Traveller

World Traveller is the name for BA’s long haul economy cabin.

British Airways Club Europe

Club Europe is the name for BA’s short haul business class cabin.

British Airways Euro Traveller

Euro Traveller is the brand name for BA’s short haul economy cabin.

British Airways In Flight Connectivity & Entertainment

BA is in the process of rolling out WiFi across its short and long haul fleet.

British Airways Alliance & Codeshare Partners

BA is a member of the Oneword alliance. It operates joint-businesses with a number of alliance members including American Airlines, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways.

British Airways Lounges

All BA lounges outside of London Heathrow Terminal 5 departures are closed. Prior to COVID-19 BA was in the process of refurbishing its lounge network. Due to COVID-19 BA’s capital expenditure will be significantly reduced which is likely to mean that plans to refurbish lounges at Terminal 5 will be delayed.

British Airways At New York JFK

New York JFK Terminal 7 is the home of BA at JFK. In the coming years, BA is expected to co-locate with American Airlines at Terminal 8.

British Airways Fleet Plans

Our annual guide to BA’s plans to refurbish and renew its fleet. COVID-19 has resulted in significant changes to BA’s fleet plans.

British Airways Airbus A350 Fleet & Operations

BA is in the process of taking delivery of up to 18 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft at London Heathrow.

British Airways Boeing 777 Fleet & Operations

BA operates 16 Boeing 777-300 aircraft at London Heathrow and over 40 Boeing 777-200 aircraft across London Gatwick and Heathrow.

BA has recently refurbished its Gatwick based aircraft and is now in the process of refurbishing Heathrow based aircraft. BA also has 18 Boeing 777-9 aircraft on order.

British Airways Boeing 787 Fleet & Operations

BA operates a fleet of 12 Boeing 787-8, 18 Boeing 787-9 and 2 Boeing 787-10 aircraft at London Heathrow.

British Airways Airbus A380 Fleet & Operations

BA has a fleet of 12 Airbus A380 aircraft. These are grounded due to COVID-19 and may return to service later this year..

Special 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.

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