British Airways Launches London Heathrow – Portland

British Airways has launched a new route from London Heathrow to Portland, Oregon.

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Portland International Airport
Portland International Airport

British Airways has launched a new long-haul route from London Heathrow to Portland, Oregon.

BA will fly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Portland International Airport five times weekly from Monday 1 June 2020. Flights will not operate on Tuesday and Thursday.

Flights will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft in a three class configuration with Club World business class, World Traveller Plus premium economy and World Traveller economy cabins.

Known for its environmental consciousness and independent spirit, Portland is of course close to other BA North American gateways Seattle and Vancouver, and it is possible to “mix and match” arrival and departure airports in North America. BA also codeshares with Alaska Airlines from Portland to a number of airports on the US West Coast.

This is a relatively unusual route choice for BA in that Portland is already served on a summer seasonal basis by Delta. BA has historically launched new transatlantic routes from London Heathrow to airports that do not have any transatlantic services to London.

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London Heathrow – Portland

Flight BA299 Depart London Heathrow 15:05 Arrive Portland International Airport 16:55 (Daily, except Tuesday & Thursday)
Flight BA298 Depart Portland International Airport 18:45 – Arrive London Heathrow 12:10 (Daily, except Tuesday & Thursday)

British Airways To Fly From Beijing Daxing International

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Beijing Daxing International Airport
Beijing Daxing International Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has confirmed that it will switch its daily service from London Heathrow to Beijing to Beijing Daxing International Airport from Sunday 27 October 2019.

Currently, BA flies daily to Beijing Capital International airport (airport code PEK). From Sunday 27 October 2019, BA’s entire operation to Beijing will transfer to Beijing Daxing International airport (airport code PKX).

The new airport opens on Monday 30 September 2019. BA’s Oneworld alliance partner Finnair has also advised that it will operate three flights a week to Beijing Daxing from Sunday 3 November 2019, in addition to Beijing Capital.

Currently, BA codeshares with China Southern on a number of domestic routes from Beijing. China Southern will be operating from the new airport, and passengers with connections should check their itinerary carefully.

BA Phoenix & San Diego Heathrow Terminal Swap

BA flights from London Heathrow to Phoenix and San Diego will swap terminals from Sunday 27 October 2019.

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British Airways Boeing 747, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
British Airways Boeing 747, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Phoenix and San Diego will swap terminals with effect from Sunday 27 October 2019.

BA flights from Heathrow to Phoenix (BA289 & BA288) will move from Terminal 3 to 5. Meanwhile, BA flights from Heathrow to San Diego (BA273 & BA272) will move from Terminal 5 to 3.

Both routes will also change aircraft. Flights to Phoenix will be operated with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner until Sunday 29 March 2020, when it switches to a Boeing 777-300 aircraft. This brings to an end a very long run of Boeing 747 operations to Phoenix. However, as this route has been operated with a 52 Club World seat Boeing 747, passengers will benefit from more modern cabin interiors and a guarantee of better of in-flight entertainment.

Flights to San Diego will be operated with a Boeing 747 year-round, having previously operated with a Boeing 747 in the winter and a Boeing 777-300 in the summer.

For passengers who are connecting at London Heathrow, there are different minimum connection times of 90 minutes for Terminal 3-Terminal 5 connections, and 60 minutes for Terminal 5-Terminal 5 & Terminal 3-Terminal 3 connections. Passengers with existing bookings should check carefully that their itineraries comply with minimum connection times and contact BA or their travel agent accordingly.

Passengers can check the status of their bookings using the Manage My Booking tool on ba.com

British Airways Returns To Dammam

British Airways will fly daily from London Heathrow to Dammam, via Bahrain, from Sunday 1 December 2019.

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Dammam, Saudi Arabia (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to return to Dammam, Saudi Arabia, after a break of more than seven years.

BA will fly to Dammam daily from London Heathrow Terminal 5 from Sunday 1 December 2019.

The route will operate as a “tag on” to BA’s existing service to Bahrain. These have gone out of fashion in recent years in favour of direct flights or local codeshares. Readers may recall BA used to fly to Doha via Bahrain.

The route will be operated with a four class Boeing 777-200 aircraft and flights are on sale now at ba.com

BA previously flew to Dammam up until September 2012 after inheriting the route from bmi British Midland.

London Heathrow – Bahrain – Dammam

Flight BA125 Depart London Heathrow 11:30 – Arrive Bahrain 20:55
Flight BA125 Depart Bahrain 21:55 – Arrive Dammam 22:45

Flight BA124 Depart Dammam 00:30 – Arrive Bahrain 01:10
Flight BA124 Depart Bahrain 02:20 – Arrive London Heathrow 06:40

AA & BA Increase Heathrow – Miami To Five Times Daily

American Airlines and British Airways will operate five daily flights from London Heathrow to Miami from Sunday 27 October 2019.

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Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Ocean Drive, Miami Beach (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

American Airlines & British Airways will jointly operate up to five daily flights between London Heathrow and Miami from Sunday 27 October 2019 to Saturday 28 March 2020.

The increase has been achieved by American Airlines reinstating a second daily flight for the winter season and BA maintaining a third daily flight it added last year.

It’s a route where you can certainly adopt a “pick and mix” approach as far as aircraft are concerned.

At the time of writing, American Airlines timetables are showing a Boeing 777-300 on both of its outbound flights from London Heathrow, but a Boeing 777-200 and 777-300 on the inbound flights. However, this may change. We have recently reviewed American Airlines Boeing 777-200 and Boeing 777-300 business class.

BA will operate the Boeing 747 on two flights and one flight with the Airbus A380.

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British Airways Returns To Islamabad

British Airways is to return to Islamabad after a break of more than ten years.

Islamabad, Pakistan
Islamabad, Pakistan (Image Credit: British Airways)

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British Airways is to return to Islamabad after a gap of more than 10 years.

BA will fly to Islamabad from London Heathrow Terminal 5 three times weekly from Sunday 2 June 2019.

Flights will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in a three class configuration.

The capital of Pakistan is located against the Margalla Hills in the foothills of the Himalayas, with nearby cities of Rawalpindi, Taxila and Peshawar a few hours’ drive away.

BA had suspended all flights to Pakistan in September 2008 following the bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad.

In recent years, BA has relied on codeshares with its Oneworld alliance partner Qatar Airways to serve a number of destinations in Pakistan including Karachi and Lahore.

This is a relatively tentative return, given the route used to operate six times weekly with a Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

It can be said with confidence that BA would not return unless it has been assured that its security concerns could be addressed.

To mark the launch of the route, special fares are available for booking up to Thursday 3 January 2019.

Return fares are available from £499, £773 and £1,799 in World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World respectively.

Outbound travel must start between Saturday 15 June and Tuesday 16 July 2019 or Wednesday 21 August and Saturday 30 November 2019 for travel in World Traveller and Club World.

Outbound travel must start between Monday 5 August and Tuesday 10 December 2019 for travel in World Traveller Plus.

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London Heathrow – Islamabad

Flight BA261 Depart London Heathrow 21:15 – Arrive Islamabad 09:55 (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday)

Flight BA260 Depart Islamabad 11:40 – Arrive London Heathrow 16:00 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

British Airways launches London Heathrow – Charleston

British Airways is to launch a new summer seasonal route from London Heathrow to Charleston, operating twice weekly from April 2019.

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Charleston, South Carolina (Image Credit: Charleston)

British Airways is to launch a new summer seasonal route from London Heathrow to Charleston, South Carolina.

The airline will fly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Charleston International Airport twice a week on Thursday and Sunday from Thursday 4 April 2019 until Thursday 24 October 2019.

Flights will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft in a three class, Club World business class, World Traveller Plus premium economy, and World Traveller economy, configuration.

This will be BA’s 29th destination in the United States. It will also launch a new route to Pittsburgh from London Heathrow from April 2019. Together with American Airlines, BA will offer more than 70 flights a day to the US from London.

Nobody was expecting this

BA has launched many new transatlantic routes from London Heathrow with the Boeing 787.

However, this announcement is different. It is extremely rare for BA to launch seasonal long-haul routes from London Heathrow. New long-haul routes require a considerable amount of planning with arranging ground handling and catering. With only two flights a week, this is clearly aimed at the leisure market.

BA of course has access to considerable data through its joint-venture with American Airlines to identify possible new direct routes. BA is not an airline to adopt a “dart board” approach to route planning. It also goes without saying that Charleston would very much like this to be a year-round route. Its press release alludes to years of contact with BA to secure a long-haul route. It may well become a year-round route in time.

If this route is a success we may well see another tranche of low-frequency summer seasonal routes to the US from London Heathrow in 2020. Just in the same way that BA operates a large number of low frequency summer seasonal short-haul routes from London Heathrow.

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BA has also produced a summary PDF for the launch. Note as this is a new seasonal route, flight schedules may be subject to change subject to commercial performance, particularly in the shoulder season.

London Heathrow – Charleston

Flight BA221 Depart London Heathrow 17:20 – Arrive Charleston International Airport 21:20 (Thursday and Sunday)
Flight BA220 Depart Charleston International Airport 22:50 – Arrive London Heathrow 11:50 (Thursday and Sunday)

British Airways relaunches London Heathrow – Osaka

British Airways is to return to Osaka, Japan launcing a direct flight from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Kansai International Airport from 31 March 2019.

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Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle (Image Credit: Japan National Tourism Organization)

British Airways is to return to Osaka after a near 20 year absence.

BA will fly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Kansai International Airport four times weekly from Sunday 31 March 2019.

Flights will be operated with a three class Boeing 787-8 aircraft. The flight operates from London Heathrow on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday. It operates from Kansai International Airport on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.

BA used to fly to Osaka via Tokyo Narita. However, the route was suspended in October 1998. Japan Airlines also used to fly direct from Heathrow to Osaka.

Kansai International Airport has only just restored operations to normal following more than two weeks of disruption after its facilities were flooded following Typhoon Jebi.

The route will be codeshared with Japan Airlines which, along with Finnair and Iberia, operates a joint-business with BA between Europe and Japan. It will also be possible to combine direct flights between Heathrow and Osaka with indirect flights via Helsinki on Finnair and Tokyo Haneda on Japan Airlines.

BA has also prepared a short PDF summary of the new route.

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London Heathrow – Osaka

Flight BA19 Depart London Heathrow 14:20 – Arrive Kansai International Airport 09:50 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
Flight BA20 Depart Kansai International Airport 11:30 – Arrive London Heathrow 15:50 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)

British Airways Suspends London Heathrow – Muscat

British Airways has suspended its route from London Heathrow to Muscat for the summer season. It now operates on a winter seasonal basis only.

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image Credit: British Airways)
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has suspended its route from London Heathrow to Muscat for the summer season.  The route now operates on a winter seasonal basis only.

Currently, the route operates five times weekly.  The last outbound flight from London Heathrow for the summer 2019 season, BA79, is scheduled to operate on Saturday 30 March 2019.  The last inbound flight from Muscat for the summer 2019 season, BA80, is scheduled to operate on Sunday 31 March 2019.

The route is due to return from Wednesday 30 October 2019.  It will then be suspended again from Sunday 19 April 2020 until Wednesday 28 October 2020.

No reason has been given for the suspension.  However, as the route is operated with a Boeing 787 a need to generate some slack in Boeing 787 schedules is likely to be a factor.  The route was also subject to blanket cancellations during industrial action in 2018, which suggests it is one of BA’s more lightly loaded routes.

Oman Air will continue to fly from London Heathrow to Muscat twice daily year-round.

BA suspends London Heathrow – Tehran

British Airways has suspended its route from London Heathrow to Tehran from Saturday 22 September 2018.

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British Airways Logo
British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

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

The last outbound flight (BA153) will operate from London Heathrow on Saturday 22 September 2018. The last inbound flight (BA152) will operate from Tehran on Sunday 23 September 2018.

The route was relaunched in September 2016 having been suspended four years earlier. Whilst no reason has been given for the suspension, it is likely that the imposition of sanctions on Iran by the United States has had an impact.

This follows similar suspensions by Air France and KLM. Austrian and Lufthansa continue to fly to Tehran from Vienna and Frankfurt respectively. Iran Air will also continue to fly from London Heathrow to Tehran.

Rebooking Options

Passengers whose flights are cancelled are entitled to a refund or to change their dates of travel before the route is suspended.

BA is in the process of discussing rebooking options with other airlines. When routes are suspended it normally takes at least a few days for BA to secure rebooking agreements. In addition, options with more airlines tend to progressively become available.

As such, unless it is urgent, we would recommend waiting at least a week to see what rebooking options are available. We will update this page with rebooking options as they become available.

Update: Tuesday 28 August 2018

BA has secured a rebooking agreement with Austrian and Lufthansa via Vienna and Frankfurt.

In all cases, passengers must connect to/from a BA operated flight between London Heathrow and Vienna or Frankfurt. It should also be noted that Austrian does not operate a premium economy cabin on this route. This option applies for travel up to Saturday 30 March 2019.

Update: Wednesday 5 September 2018

BA has also secured a rebooking agreement with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul.

In all cases, passengers must connect to/from a BA operated flight between London Heathrow and Istanbul for travel up to Monday 30 September 2019.

Also note, not all of the above options may be available to passengers who have made bookings using Avios or group bookings.