BA Schedules A380 Flights to Frankfurt & Madrid

British Airways will operate the Airbus A380 on selected short haul fights from London Heathrow to Frankfurt and Madrid in November.

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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 has scheduled the Airbus A380 aircraft on selected flights from London Heathrow to Frankfurt and Madrid in November 2021.

This is in advance of the planned restart of the Airbus A380 on long haul flights to Dubai, Los Angeles and Miami December.

This is being done for the purposes of crew familiarisation as the aircraft is brought back into service having been grounded for more than 18 months.

Timetables indicate that the A380 will operate the following flights from Monday 8 November until Thursday 2 December:

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BA Adds “Vaccinated Travel Lanes” Flights To Singapore

From 19 October 2021, all British Airways services from London Heathrow to Singapore will operate as “Vaccinated Travel Lanes” flights.

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British Airways lounge at Singapore Changi Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways lounge at Singapore Changi Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

From Tuesday 19 October 2021, all British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Singapore Changi Airport will operate as dedicated “Vaccinated Travel Lanes” flights.

Passengers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not need to quarantine on arrival in Singapore from these fights.

Any passenger who does not meet all eligibility requirements will not be able to travel.

This does not affect any passengers flying in the other direction from Singapore to London Heathrow.

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British Airways Reopens US Airport Lounges

BA has reopened its lounges at Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington Dulles airports.

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British Airways Lounge, Boston Logan International Airport
British Airways Lounge, Boston Logan International Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has reopened a number of lounges at airports in the United States ahead of the planned reopening of the US to fully vaccinated passengers from the UK in November.

Until this week only two BA lounges were open in the US. These were the Club lounge and Concorde Room at New York JFK Terminal 7.

BA has now reopened its lounges at these US airports:

Boston
Chicago O’Hare
Houston
San Francisco
Seattle
Washington Dulles

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BA Pilots Vote In Favour Of New Gatwick Short Haul Airline

British Airways pilots have voted in favour of proposals to establish a new airline company to operate short haul flights at London Gatwick.

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British Airways Pilots pictured with the Red Arrows
British Airways Pilots (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways pilots have voted in favour of proposals for BA to establish a new airline company at London Gatwick to operate short haul flights.

Almost all BA short haul flights at Gatwick have been suspended since March 2020. BA had been in negotiations with the pilots union BALPA to establish a new airline company to operate short haul flights at the airport. BA’s parent company IAG had cited a need to be “flexible and competitive” at Gatwick.

The new airline company will operate under the BA name with a very similar on board service to short haul flights at present. It will have a lower cost base and a scheduled geared more towards summer seasonal flights with lower pay for pilots during the quieter winter months.

Talks between BA and BALPA broke down which prompted BA to publicly announce that it was suspending almost all short haul flights at the airport. Last week, almost all Gatwick short haul flights were moved to London Heathrow for the summer 2022 season. This left BA with almost no alternative but to lease or sell its Gatwick slots to rival airlines.

A revised proposal was agreed between BA and BALPA last Sunday. In a ballot held by BALPA, BA pilots have voted overwhelmingly in favour (82%) with a turnout of 75%.

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British Airways Reintroduces The Airbus A380

British Airways is to bring four Airbus A380 aircraft back into service at London Heathrow in November 2021.

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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 to reintroduce the Airbus A380 aircraft into service at London Heathrow.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, BA’s fleet of 12 Airbus A380 aircraft have been grounded.

BA CEO Sean Doyle previously indicated that the aircraft would be reintroduced to the US in late 2021. Though, there were doubts this could happen due to uncertainty over when the US would lift travel restrictions.

BA has now confirmed that 4 aircraft will be brought back into service to operate long haul flights from early December.

Short Haul Flights

The Airbus A380 will operate short haul return flights from London Heathrow in November to allow for crew familiarisation.

BA has not officially confirmed on which routes these will operate though it is widely reported to be a morning return flight to Frankfurt and an afternoon return flight to Madrid.

The A380 is not currently appearing in online timetables and it may be they are only loaded shortly beforehand.

It is also likely that BA will limit the number of seats sold on these flights in case aircraft have to be substituted at the last minute.

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BA & BALPA Restart Talks On Gatwick Short Haul Flights

British Airways and BALPA have reopened talks to set up a new airline company at London Gatwick.

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British Airways, London Gatwick
British Airways, London Gatwick

Thought you’d heard the last of negotiations between BA and BALPA to set up a new short haul airline company at Gatwick?

Not so.

It’s less than two weeks since talks between BA and BALPA broke down.

It’s less than one week since BA confirmed that just two routes from Gatwick to Glasgow and Manchester would operate in the summer 2022 season.

Former Gatwick short haul routes to mainland Europe have since been transferred to Heathrow for the summer 2022 season.

It has now emerged that talks between BA and BALPA have restarted. A new improved proposal from BA will be put to BALPA members for a ballot imminently.

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BA Transfers Gatwick Short Haul Flights To Heathrow For Summer 22

Former British Airways short haul routes at Gatwick will continue to operate at London Heathrow until at least October 2022.

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British Airways, London Gatwick
British Airways, London Gatwick

British Airways has once again extended the transfer of almost all short haul routes from London Gatwick to Heathrow until at least Sunday 30 October 2022.

BA originally transferred all Gatwick short haul routes to Heathrow in March 2020. The airline had planned to restart short haul flights at Gatwick from the start of the summer 2022 travel season on Sunday 27 March. Talks with the pilots union BALPA to set up a new subsidiary company to operate these flights under the BA name broke down.

BA has now confirmed that former Gatwick short haul routes will continue to operate at London Heathrow during the summer 2022 season. They will operate under their former Gatwick flight numbers, which are four digits long and begin with a 2.

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British Airways Launches New Routes To The Azores

BA will fly from London Heathrow to São Miguel and Terceira Island once weekly in summer 2022.

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São Miguel, Azores
São Miguel, Azores (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to launch two new summer seasonal routes to the Azores in 2022.

BA will fly to Ponta Delgada on São Miguel Island once weekly on Saturdays from 2 July to 3 September 2022.

The airline will also fly to Lajes Airport on Terceira Island once weekly on Sundays from 10 July to 28 August 2022.

Both routes will operate from Terminal 5 with Airbus A320 aircraft in a two class, Club Europe and Euro Traveller configuration.

The addition of the Azores region to the BA route network is welcome. Though, given the relatively short season and limited frequencies, it is clearly a tentative move.

These routes have also been announced well ahead of their planned launch. As these are new seasonal routes the operating dates & frequencies may change according to commercial demand.

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BA Adds Salzburg At London City & Southampton

British Airways has launched a new winter seasonal route to Salzburg from London City & Southampton airports.

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Salzburg Landscape
Salzburg Landscape (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has launched a new winter seasonal route from London City and Southampton airports to Salzburg.

Flights from London City launch on Friday 10 December 2021. They will initially operate twice weekly, before reducing to Saturdays only from 19 March 2022. The route is due to end Saturday 16 April 2022.

A weekly service from Southampton also launches on Saturday 11 December 2021 and will end at the same time as the London City route.

This will complement BA’s existing winter seasonal service to Salzburg from London Heathrow which is also due to resume on Friday 10 December 2021. Passengers can combine departure and arrival airports, if appropriate.

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British Airways To Set Up New Airline At Gatwick

BA plans to restart short haul flights at London Gatwick in March 2022 with a new subsidiary airline.

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British Airways, London Gatwick
British Airways, London Gatwick

British Airways has once again extended the suspension almost all short haul flights at London Gatwick airport. It plans to restart flights in March 2022, operated by a new subsidiary airline.

The vast majority of Gatwick short haul routes have transferred to London Heathrow for the winter 2021 season. This runs from Sunday 31 October 2021 to Saturday 26 March 2022.

The only short haul routes expected to operate at Gatwick over the winter season include Amsterdam, Glasgow and Manchester. The airline will continue to run a limited network of long haul flights at the airport. All BA flights at Gatwick continue to operate from the North Terminal.

This was expected as BA should be able to cancel flights at Gatwick over the winter season without forfeiting its airport slots.

This means the airline will go two years without operating a significant schedule of short haul flights at Gatwick.

Further changes to BA’s short haul route network and schedules from all UK airports are likely over the winter season. This is due to continued uncertainty over both COVID-19 related travel restrictions and the level of demand for business and leisure travel.

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