British Airways Moves To Terminal C At Orlando Airport

BA flights will arrive & depart from Terminal C, Orlando International Airport, from Wednesday 21 September 2022.

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Terminal C, Orlando International Airport (Image Credit: Greater Orlando Aviation Authority)

BA flights between London and Orlando will arrive and depart from Terminal C at Orlando International Airport from Wednesday 21 September 2022.

BA is one of ten airlines due to move into the new terminal in September.

Aer Lingus will transfer the day before on Tuesday 20 September.

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British Airways Adds Winter Seasonal Routes At Gatwick

BA has reinstated winter seasonal short haul routes from Gatwick to Geneva, Lyon and Salzburg.

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Salzburg Landscape (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has relaunched a number winter seasonal routes from London Gatwick airport.

BA will return to Salzburg from Monday 31 October 2022 until Saturday 25 March 2023.

The airline will also return to Geneva and Lyon from Saturday 3 December 2022 until Saturday 25 March 2023.

Existing routes to Amsterdam, Dubrovnik, Malaga, Marrakech, Nice and Verona are also extended into the winter season.

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British Airways’ 2022 Half Year Results

British Airways and its parent company IAG have returned to profit for the first time since COVID-19.

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British Airways Cabin Crew, 2022 (Image Credit: British Airways)

BA’s parent company International Airlines Group released its half year results today, Friday 29 July 2022.

BA reported its first operating profit since COVID-19 with a profit of £54 million for the second quarter of this year. At a group level IAG made an operating profit of €293 million.

Again, BA’s recovery from COVID-19 lags that of other IAG airlines. BA’s capacity measured by Available Seat Kilometres was around 30% less than the same quarter in 2019. This compares to 13% for Iberia. Passenger revenue was also 27% less at BA, compared to 4% less for the same quarter at Iberia.

Premium leisure revenue has recovered to around 85% of 2019 levels. Premium business revenue has recovered to around 60% of 2019 levels. Again, this lags Iberia.

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IAG Orders More Airbus A320neo Aircraft

British Airways parent company has ordered more short haul aircraft from Airbus.

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British Airways Airbus A320neo aircraft, G-TTNA (Image Credit: British Airways)

BA’s parent company International Airlines Group has ordered more short haul aircraft.

IAG has today, Thursday 28 July, ordered 37 A320neo family aircraft from Airbus.

It has exercised 12 options from a previous order. IAG has also placed a new order for 25 aircraft.

These will be delivered between 2025 and 2028 and will be used to replace existing Airbus A320ceo aircraft.

IAG has also acquired options for 50 more aircraft. If these are exercised, the aircraft will be delivered between 2028 and 2030.

IAG will decide closer to the time which airlines in the group will receive them, as well as the split between Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft.

As with existing new Airbus A320 family aircraft the configuration will be standardised so aircraft can move around the group.

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British Airways Relaunches London Gatwick – Cape Town

British Airways will relaunch winter seasonal flights from London Gatwick to Cape Town from 13 December 2022.

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Cape Town (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has relaunched its winter seasonal route from London Gatwick to Cape Town.

The route returns for the first time since COVID-19 on Tuesday 13 December 2022.

Flights will operate three times weekly until Saturday 25 March 2023.

Flights depart Gatwick on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, with the return flights from Cape Town the following day.

Extra flights to Cape Town are welcome. Though for Club World passengers you should be guaranteed to have BA’s Club Suite on a flight between Heathrow and Cape Town. Whereas at Gatwick, you are guaranteed to have BA’s old Club World cabin.

According to BA’s latest schedule updates, it will add a second daily flight from Heathrow to Cape Town on 20 November.

Sadly, following the demise of its franchise partner Comair, BA does not offer local flights within South Africa. BA does have an interline agreement with AirLink and South African Airways.

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British Airways Heathrow Long Haul Winter Schedule Changes

British Airways will operate the Boeing 777-300 aircraft on London – Singapore – Sydney from Sunday 30 October 2022.

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A British Airways Airbus A380 aircraft takes off at London Heathrow airport.
British Airways Airbus A380 at take off, London Heathrow (Image Credit: Heathrow)

British Airways is updating its long haul schedules at London Heathrow for the winter travel season.

This runs from Sunday 30 October 2022 to Saturday 26 March 2023. These changes are preliminary. Some have only been applied to the start of the season and may extend further.

Unsurprisingly, the general trend is capacity reduction.

There will be more changes to come. This particularly for Hong Kong due to travel restrictions and Tokyo due to the closure of Russian airspace.

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British Airways Closes Amsterdam Lounge

The British Airways Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol airport will not reopen as a BA lounge.

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British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

The British Airways Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol airport will not reopen as a BA lounge.

The lounge has been closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst all other BA lounges worldwide have reopened or have been confirmed as closed, this lounge has remained as “temporarily closed”.

Eligible BA passengers at Amsterdam can continue to use the Aspire lounge.

The BA lounge was part of the Priority Pass lounge access scheme. It is likely that another operator will take over the lounge.

This leaves BA with just three of its own branded lounges in mainland Europe at Geneva, Milan Linate and Rome Fiumicino.

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British Airways Suspends London Heathrow – Bangkok

BA has suspended passenger flights between London Heathrow and Bangkok.

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British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (Image Credit: Heathrow)

British Airways has suspended its route from London Heathrow to Bangkok.

Passenger flights to Bangkok have been suspended since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. A large number of cargo flights have operated.

The route was due to return on a winter seasonal basis from Sunday 30 October 2022. It is now suspended. This was expected as flights had been taken off sale in advance of the route being cancelled.

This brings to an end almost 85 years of passenger flights to Bangkok, dating back to BA’s predecessor airline Imperial Airways.

Whilst there is strong cargo demand from Bangkok, it is seen as a low yield passenger route. There is a lot of competition from airlines flying non-stop and via rival hubs in the Middle East.

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Airportr Expands BA Luggage Collection Service To Geneva

Passengers flying with British Airways from Geneva can use Airportr to have their luggage collected in advance of travelling to the airport.

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British Airways & Airportr Partnership (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has, for many years, partnered with the luggage collection service Airportr.

Airportr offers passengers the option to have their luggage collected from their home, office or hotel at pre-arranged time up to 24 hours before departure.

Luggage is then checked-in with BA on their behalf. This leaves passengers free to travel to the airport without their luggage in tow and to collect their bags at their final destination.

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BA Adds Flexibility For All Heathrow Passengers

Any passengers due to fly with British Airways from London Heathrow up to 25 July 2022 can rebook to an alternative flight.

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London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: Heathrow)

British Airways has introduced additional flexibility for all passengers due to fly from London Heathrow in the coming weeks.

There are well publicised issues with congestion at Heathrow terminals. This has resulted in Heathrow imposing a cap on departing passenger numbers.

Any passengers due to travel from Heathrow up to Monday 25 July 2022 can rebook to an alternative BA operated flight to the same destination within 12 months of the date of travel. This includes flights from other London airports.

Alternatively passengers who do not wish to travel can request a voucher for travel up to 30 September 2023. Full refunds are only possible if allowed under the original fare rules.

BA has periodically introduced this policy for short haul flights, particularly at weekends.

It now applies to both short and long haul flights at Heathrow until 25 July.

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