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COVID-19

BA continues to operate a limited, but growing, flight schedule. This will continue until well in to 2021.

Flights are concentrated at London Heathrow Terminal 5, with a small number of short-haul flights at London City and long-haul flights at London Gatwick.

Click here for BA’s short and long-haul route network for October 2020. BA has recently reinstated long-haul flights from Heathrow to Accra, Atlanta, Cairo, Houston, Kuwait, Lagos and Philadelphia.

BA will return to Bahrain, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Montreal, Riyadh and Tokyo Haneda from early October. The airline will also serve Barbados and Orlando from both Gatwick and Heathrow in October and transfer Male from Gatwick to Heathrow.

BA will also return to The Seychelles on 10 October and launch a new route to Lahore on 12 October. Many short-haul routes such as Brussels, Gothenburg, Luxembourg, Milan Linate, Stuttgart, Reykjavik and Valencia resume in October. Some routes such as Basel, Billund and Vienna remain suspended. 

The planned launch of Portland has been cancelled. Routes to Abu Dhabi, Durban, Jeddah, Osaka and Pittsburgh are suspended for the winter.

BA has permanently suspended routes from Heathrow to Beirut, Leeds-Bradford and Moscow Sheremetyevo.

BA also plans to operate routes to Amman, Cairo and Moscow Domodedovo with short-haul configured aircraft from 25 October 2020.

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

BA CityFlyer has restarted some short-haul routes from London City. Many year-round routes will not return until late October / November.

At Gatwick, long-haul flights have resumed, with more to follow in October.  This includes Cancun, Grenada, Mauritius, Orlando, Punta Cana, Providenciales, St Kitts, and Trinidad & Tobago.  BA also plans to launch a new winter seasonal route to Montego Bay from 13 October 2020. Flights from Gatwick to Las Vegas and New York JFK are suspended until late March 2021. Winter seasonal services to Cape Town will not operate this year.

Short-haul flights will not resume at Gatwick until Sunday 28 March 2021 at the earliest.

BA’s franchise partner Comair, which operates flights within Africa, has suspended all flights until December 2020.

BA has reopened some of its lounges at Heathrow Terminal 5. All other BA lounges worldwide are closed.

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

Food and beverage on all flights is reduced with a limited service in all cabins. Pre-ordered special meals are not available.

In terms of the impact of COVID-19 on BA’s fleet, two Boeing 777-200 aircraft have been converted from passenger to cargo-only use. Some Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft will be placed into storage for up to 3 years. Many short-haul aircraft will also be grounded or retired early. BA is now in the process of retiring all of its Boeing 747 fleet.

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British Airways Disruption

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British Airways London Heathrow Long-Haul

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

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 3 & 5.

British Airways London Gatwick

The latest news on ground service & route developments at London Gatwick.

British Airways London City

The latest news on route developments at London City airport.

British Airways First Class

BA operates First Class on a large number of long-haul routes at London Heathrow and some routes at London Gatwick. BA is currently in the process of reducing the size of the cabin on Boeing 777 aircraft to 8 seats.

British Airways Club World

Club World is the brand name for BA’s long-haul business class. BA is currently in the process of fitting its “Club Suite” to Heathrow based long-haul aircraft.

British Airways World Traveller Plus

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

British Airways World Traveller

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

British Airways Club Europe

Club Europe is the brand 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.

British Airways Lounges

The latest news on BA’s plans to refurbish its lounges.

British Airways At New York JFK

New York JFK Terminal 7 is the home of BA at JFK. In 2022, 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.

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 Airbus A380 Fleet & Operations

BA has a fleet of 12 Airbus A380 aircraft at London Heathrow. These are currently grounded due to COVID-19.

British Airways Boeing 747 Fleet & Operations

Before, COVID-19, BA operated around 30 Boeing 747 aircraft at London Heathrow and had planned to retire its last aircraft in February 2024. BA now plans to withdraw the aircraft from service entirely.

British Airways Boeing 777 Fleet & Operations

BA operates 12 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 Advertising & Branding

The latest on advertising campaigns from BA.

British Airways Centenary

In 2019, BA celebrated its centenary.

We published a 100 part series on the airline and its predecessors which you can view in numerical order, by theme or by decade. BA also marked the occasion with a number of special aircraft liveries and promotions.