British Airways Summer 2022 Long Haul Schedule At Heathrow

BA’s network of long haul routes at London Heathrow airport for summer 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)

The summer will mark a significant expansion of BA’s transatlantic route network at London Heathrow to a near pre-COVID-19 state.

The Airbus A380 will return to many routes for the first time. As is to be expected, many routes to Asia are still suspended.

Here are the main schedule changes for the summer season, which officially runs from Sunday 27 March to Saturday 29 October 2022.

Readers can keep up to date with route changes throughout the season with our dedicated page for BA’s long haul route network.

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British Airways Extends Tokyo Suspension

BA flights between London Heathrow and Tokyo Haneda are suspended until late October 2022 at the earliest.

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British Airways Coat Of Arms (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has extended the temporary suspension of flights from London Heathrow to Tokyo Haneda until late May 2022.

BA had suspended the route for the winter season. It was due to resume on Wednesday 30 March 2022. The route will now resume from Sunday 29 May 2022 at the earliest.

Flights beyond this date have been taken off sale until Monday 31 October, which suggests the suspension will be extended further.

Update Monday 4 April: The route is now suspended until Sunday 30 October 2022.

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British Airways Returns To Sydney

BA flights between London Heathrow & Sydney will operate under Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lane programme.

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British Airways will return to Sydney from Sunday 27 March 2022.

This will be the first time in two years the airline has operated a scheduled flight to Australia.

Whilst BA’s presence in Australia is a shadow of what it used to be, its return is symbolic given there is almost 90 years’ history of UK flights from London to Australia via Singapore.

Flights will operate daily using a four class Boeing 787-9 aircraft. This replaces a Boeing 777-300 aircraft BA used before COVID-19.

This also means flights to Singapore will increase from the current frequency of four times weekly to daily, under flights BA15 & B16 instead of BA11 & BA12.

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BA Adds Transatlantic Day Flight From Newark

British Airways has launched a new transatlantic day flight from Newark to London Heathrow.

British Airways Lounge, Terminal B, Newark Liberty International Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

One of the more reliable pleasures of transatlantic travel are day flights from North America to London Heathrow.

The majority of eastbound flights across the Atlantic are “Red Eye” flights which involve limited sleep on a short flight before an early morning arrival at Heathrow.

There are a handful of day flights which leave the US for London in the morning.

Compared to Red Eye flights these are like, well, night and day. Passengers are in a more relaxed mood. There’s no need to get to sleep over the short flight across the pond.

BA Launches Day Flight From Newark

From Monday 6 June 2022, BA will launch a new transatlantic day flight from Newark to Heathrow.

The flight, BA180, will leave Newark at 07:55 and arrive at London Heathrow at 19:55.

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British Airways Relaunches London – Portland

British Airways has relaunched a new route from London Heathrow to Portland, Oregon from Friday 3 June 2022.

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Portland International Airport
Portland International Airport

British Airways has relaunched plans for a new route from London Heathrow to Portland, Oregon.

In late 2019, BA announced plans for a new route from London Heathrow to Portland from June 2020. After an initial delay, the route launch was cancelled due to COVID-19.

The route has now been put back on sale from Friday 3 June 2022.

BA has today also relaunched its route to Pittsburgh. The airline has also relaunched summer seasonal flights from Gatwick to New York JFK and suspended Gatwick – Las Vegas.

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British Airways Relaunches London – Pittsburgh

British Airways is to reinstate its route from London Heathrow to Pittsburgh from Friday 3 June 2022.

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Pittsburgh (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to return to the city of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania on Friday 3 June 2022.

BA launched a new route from London Heathrow to Pittsburgh in 2019 after an absence of nearly 20 years. The city, along with a number of long haul routes, was suspended in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The route has now been put back on sale. The return of Pittsburgh was expected. BA had advised it aims to reinstate much of its pre-COVID-19 routes to North America by 2022.

BA has today also relaunched London Heathrow – Portland. The airline has also relaunched summer seasonal flights from Gatwick to New York JFK and suspended Gatwick – Las Vegas.

Flights from London to Pittsburgh will operate four times weekly from London Heathrow Terminal 5. These will be operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft in a three class, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller, configuration.

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BA Adds “Vaccinated Travel Lane” Flights To Singapore

All British Airways services from London Heathrow to Singapore will operate as “Vaccinated Travel Lane” flights up to 31 March 2022.

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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 Lane” 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 Ends Non-Stop Buenos Aires Flights

British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires will operate via Sao Paulo from Sunday 31 March 2021.

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British Airways Airbus A350-1000 Aircraft (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways’ service from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires will operate via Sao Paulo from Sunday 28 March 2021.

The last non-stop service from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires is currently scheduled to operate on Friday 26 March 2021.

As a consequence of the stop for one hour at Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport, the journey time from London Heathrow will increase from 14 hours to 15 hours and 40 minutes.

The flight numbers to / from Buenos Aires will also change from BA245 / BA244 to BA247 / BA246.

This is expected to continue until Sunday 31 October 2021 at the earliest. Long time BA flyers may remember that BA used to fly to Buenos Aires via Sao Paulo many years ago. A non-stop service to Buenos Aires is likely to return when economic conditions allow.

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BA Cancels Outbound Flights To Hong Kong

British Airways has been required to cancel outbound passenger flights from London Heathrow to Hong Kong up to 25 December 2020.

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British Airways Coat Of Arms (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has cancelled outbound passenger flights from London Heathrow to Hong Kong until Friday 18 December 2020.

BA will continue to send aircraft to Hong Kong with cargo only. Inbound passenger flights from Hong Kong to London Heathrow will operate as normal.

According to a report in the South China Morning Post, BA has been banned by local authorities from operating passenger flights to Hong until Friday 25 December.

This is after it was found that four passengers who travelled on a BA flight to Hong Kong on Tuesday had COVID-19. Another passenger’s documents were not checked properly by the airline.

Whilst BA has been banned from flying to passengers to Hong Kong for two weeks and flights have been taken off sale until 25 December, at the time of publication the airline has only cancelled flights to Hong Kong up to Friday 18 December. This suggests that BA is seeking an alleviation.

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British Airways Reinstates Heathrow Long-Haul Routes

BA reinstates more long-haul routes at London Heathrow in October, including daily flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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

British Airways will reinstate more long-haul routes in October as it gradually rebuilds its network at London Heathrow.

Routes that are confirmed as returning in October include:

Bahrain – 3 times weekly from 1 October
Cape Town -Daily from 1 October
Johannesburg – Daily from 1 October
Kuala Lumpur – 4 times weekly from 2 October
Montreal – 3 times weekly from 2 October
Riyadh – 3 times weekly from 1 October
The Seychelles – 2 times weekly from 10 October
Tokyo Haneda – 3 times weekly from 1 October

BA will also operate one-off flights to Grand Cayman on 1 and 15 October.

Passengers must comply with entry restrictions and route specific procedures which can include:

  1. Restrictions on entry based on citizenship and purpose of travel.
  2. Evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test.
  3. Completion and submission of a medical declaration before travel.
  4. Advance registration with overseas authorities.
  5. Some routes closing for sale up to 7 days before travel.
  6. Restrictions on transit passengers.

Links to country-by-country guidance and relevant forms that must be completed before departure are on ba.com

Some countries require forms to be completed and submitted to relevant authorities 24-72 hours before travel. Passengers who do not comply may be denied boarding.

Country guidance for UK travellers is also available from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. Guidance for passengers arriving in the UK is available from the UK government.

Details of airport and on board procedures for BA flights are available at ba.com

This means that BA’s long-haul network at London Heathrow in October should be as follows:

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