British Airways has launched four new summer seasonal routes from London Heathrow to Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Gdansk and Wroclaw, Poland; and Riga, Latvia.
Flights to Cluj-Napoca (Avram Iancu Cluj International Airport), Gdansk (Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport) and Riga (Riga International Airport) will operate three times weekly on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from Friday 2 July to Sunday 26 September 2021.
Flights to Wroclaw will operate twice weekly on Thursday and Sunday from Thursday 1 July to Sunday 26 September 2021.
It is not unusual to see BA launch new summer seasonal routes at Heathrow, but this choice of routes suggests a greater focus on Visiting Friends & Relatives traffic, rather than leisure.
Further route launches are likely when there is clarity on the lifting of travel restrictions from England in May.
At present, all flights are planned to operate from London Heathrow Terminal 3, but this is subject to the terminal reopening and BA restarting operations there.
As these are new summer seasonal routes, the operating dates and frequencies may change depending on their commercial performance.
It goes without saying that the operation of these routes is subject to travel restrictions and passengers must comply will all pre-departure and arrival requirements.
The airline is clearly in the process of reviewing its route network, with nothing off the table, and further changes are likely in the coming weeks.
BA launched fights to Moscow Sheremetyevo in October 2018, to complement existing flights to Moscow Domodedovo airport.
Passengers whose flights have been cancelled can rebook on to alternative service to Moscow Domodedovo. Any consequential costs such as ground transportation will be at passengers’ expense. BA is currently due to resume flights to Moscow Domodedovo from Wednesday 1 July 2020. This is of course subject to change.
Passengers are also entitled to a full refund. Affected passengers can check the status of their booking using the Manage My Booking tool and should contact BA or their travel agent.
British Airways has suspended its route from London Heathrow to Leeds-Bradford.
The route launched in December 2012 and was one of the first new short-haul routes BA started at London Heathrow after its acquisition of bmi British Midland.
The route is officially suspended from 1 July 2020. Though, it has not operated since the end of March due to COVID-19.
It has evidently not been one of BA’s strongest performing domestic routes. Frequencies had been cut to around 10 return flights a week, operated only with Airbus A319 aircraft. This, combined with the fact that aircraft do not “night-stop” at Leeds-Bradford, makes it difficult for business travellers to use it for day trips to London.
When there is a demand shock to aviation, it is inevitable that weaker routes are subject to suspension.
If your flight is cancelled you are entitled to a full refund. Though, you will need to call BA to secure a refund instead of a voucher. It is possible to change to a BA flight between London Heathrow and Manchester. Though, any consequential costs will be at your expense.
BA has an interline agreement with London North Eastern Railway so you should also be able to change your journey between London and Leeds-Bradford to the train.
Affected passengers can check the status of their booking using the Manage My Booking tool on ba.com
British Airways is to return to Newquay with a new summer seasonal service from London Heathrow.
BA will fly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Cornwall airport Newquay five times weekly from Thursday 2 July to Monday 7 September 2020. Flights do not operate on Tuesday and Wednesday.
This is a return to Newquay for BA after a very long break. BA used to fly to Newquay from London Gatwick until well over ten years ago.
The flight times vary by day. Whilst Newquay will welcome this route for the connectivity it provides to the BA network, as well as a relatively short operating period, the timings are not great for connections.
Flights depart Heathrow early in the morning on Thursday and Saturday and in the evening Monday, Friday and Sunday. Though, this obviously does work well for weekend breaks.
The London – Newquay route has been in the news recently with the decision by Flybe to transfer its four times daily service to Newquay from Heathrow to Gatwick from Sunday 29 March 2020.
Flybe does operate this route with a public subsidy. It is also facing public scrutiny over its financial health. This does put further competitive pressure on Flybe at a time when the Government is considering providing financial support.
British Airways has launched a string of new summer seasonal short-haul routes from London Heathrow.
BA will fly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Pristina, Kosovo on Saturdays from 4 July 2020 to 29 August 2020.
BA will fly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Podgorica, Montenegro on Saturdays from 4 July 2020 to 29 August 2020.
BA will fly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Perugia, Italy on Monday, Thursday and Saturdays from Thursday 2 July 2020 to Monday 31 August 2020.
BA will fly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to both Bodrum and Dalaman, Turkey on Saturday from 23 May 2020 to 24 October 2020. BA already flies to Dalaman from Gatwick and has previously flown to Bodrum from Gatwick. BA has also previously announced a new summer seasonal route from London Gatwick to Antalya.
BA will also fly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Rhodes, Greece, complementing its existing service from London Gatwick. BA will also fly from London Gatwick to Corfu twice weekly from 1 May 2020 to 23 October 2020. This will complement BA’s existing summer seasonal service from Heathrow.
Flights will be operated with Airbus A320 aircraft in a two class configuration with Club Europe business class and Euro Traveller configuration.
Here are the timings of the new Heathrow flights. Note there are differences between the official BA press release and BA’s online timetables. The times below are based on BA’s online timetables at the time of publication.
Also note that as these are new summer seasonal routes, the operating dates may be subject to change depending on their commercial performance.
British Airways is to transfer its route to Gran Canaria from London Heathrow to Gatwick from late October 2019.
This route has quite a bit of history. BA launched a winter seasonal service from Heathrow in 2013 and moved it to a year-round operation last year. BA did also plan to launch a service from Gatwick in 2015, but this got pulled before launch. Iberia Express did also launch the route from Heathrow in 2015, but this was since suspended.
It currently operates weekly under flight numbers BA489 and BA488 from London Heathrow on Saturdays in the summer and twice weekly on Saturday and Sunday in the winter.
When the route transfers to Gatwick, it will initially operate three times weekly in the winter season on Monday, Friday and Saturday under flight numbers BA2600 and BA2601. Days of operation and frequencies are likely to change in the summer season.
Based on current timetables, the last BA flight operates from Heathrow on Sunday 3 November and the first flights from Gatwick will operate on Friday 25 October.
Existing bookings from Heathrow will be cancelled. Affected passengers have the option of rebooking from Gatwick or flying from Heathrow to Madrid and taking a connecting flight on Iberia.
British Airways has announced that the following short-haul routes will swap terminals at London Heathrow from Sunday 27 October 2019:
Billund, Hanover and Zagreb will move from Terminal 5 to 3.
Luxembourg and Lyon will move from Terminal 3 to 5.
BA also previously announced that Phoenix will move from Terminal 3 to 5 and San Diego will move from Terminal 5 to 3 on the same date.
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
Update: At the time of publication, these changes have not been reflected in timetables on ba.com
British Airways has suspended its routes from London Heathrow to Kiev, Ukraine and St Petersburg, Russia.
Based on timetables on ba.com, the last flights from London Heathrow to both Kiev and St Petersburg are currently scheduled to operate on Thursday 3 October 2019.
The affected flight numbers are BA882 & BA883 for Kiev and BA878 & BA879 for St Petersburg.
At present, BA has not provided any details of arrangements to accommodate passengers whose flights have been cancelled. It normally takes at least a week for rebooking arrangements to be agreed with other airlines and passengers are best advised to wait until these have been confirmed.
Alternatively, passengers whose flights have been cancelled are entitled to a full refund.
Affected passengers should check the status of their booking at ba.com and contact either BA or their travel agent.
Update Tuesday 21 May 2019
For passengers due to travel to St Petersburg, BA has secured a rebooking agreement with SAS Scandinavian Airlines, for travel after 27 October 2019. Passengers can fly on SAS via either Copenhagen or Stockholm. In all cases, passengers must fly on a British Airways operated flight between Heathrow and Copenhagen or Stockholm.
Update Thursday 23 May 2019
For passengers due to travel to Kiev or St Petersburg, BA has also secured a rebooking agreement with Lufthansa. Passengers can fly on Lufthansa via either Frankfurt or Munich. In all cases, passengers must fly on a British Airways operated flight between Heathrow and Frankfurt or Munich.
Update Wednesday 5 June 2019
For passengers due to travel to Kieve, BA has also secured a rebooking agreement with Ukraine International Airlines. Passengers can rebook on to one of the airline’s twice daily services from London Gatwick to Kiev. Any additional consequential costs such as ground transportation will be at passengers’ expense.