British Airways Suspends Heathrow – Leeds Bradford

British Airways has permanently suspended all flights between London Heathrow and Leeds-Bradford airport.

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British Airways Airbus A319 aircraft in BEA livery, London Heathrow
British Airways Airbus A319 aircraft in BEA livery, London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

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 Returns To Newquay

British Airways is to return to Newquay with a new five times weekly summer seasonal service from London Heathrow.

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BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)
BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

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.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

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British Airways’ New London Heathrow Seasonal Routes

BA has launched new summer seasonal routes from London Heathrow to Bodrum, Dalaman, Perugia, Podgrica, Pristina and Rhodes.

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Pristina, Kosovo
Pristina, Kosovo (Image Credit: British Airways)

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.

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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.

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British Airways London Heathrow Terminal Moves

BA routes from Heathrow to Billund, Hanover, Luxembourg, Lyon and Zagreb will change terminals from 27 October 2019.

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BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)
BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

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

BA Suspends Heathrow – Kyiv & St Petersburg

British Airways has suspended routes from London Heathrow to Kyiv and St Petersburg from Thursday 3 October 2019.

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London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: Heathrow)

British Airways has suspended its routes from London Heathrow to Kyiv, 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 Kyiv 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 Kyiv 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 Kyiv, 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 Kyiv. Any additional consequential costs such as ground transportation will be at passengers’ expense.

BA launches London Heathrow – Ljubljana & Montpellier

BA will fly from London Heathrow to Ljubljana, Slovenia and Montpellier from 15 July to 2 September 2019.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to launch a further two summer seasonal routes from London Heathrow in 2019.

BA will launch a new route to Ljubljana (Ljubljana Jože Pučnik airport) in Slovenia. It will also reinstate a previously suspended route to Montpellier in France, which operated in 2017.

The operating season is relatively short. Both routes will operate from Monday 15 July 2019 to Monday 2 September 2019.

Flights to Ljubljana operate twice weekly on Monday and Friday. Flights to Montpellier operate four times weekly on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Both routes operate from London Heathrow Terminal 5. Note that as these are new routes the operating period may be subject to change depending on commercial demand.

In terms of other summer seasonal short-haul route changes, BA has previously announced new routes from London Heathrow to Bastia and Preveza, and the relaunch of Kos from Gatwick.

A number of routes also transfer between Gatwick and Heathrow. Almeria, Bilbao and Mahon transfer to Gatwick. Barcelona, Pisa and Valencia transfer to Heathrow.

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British Airways Suspends London Heathrow – Tallinn

British Airways is suspending its twice weekly service from London Heathrow to Tallinn from Friday 29 March 2019.

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BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)
BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is suspending its service from London Heathrow to Tallinn from Friday 29 March 2019.

The route currently operates twice weekly on Tuesday and Friday. BA will continue to serve Tallinn indirectly via a codeshare with Finnair from Helsinki.

Passengers whose flights have been cancelled are entitled to a refund.

BA has also secured a rebooking agreement with SAS Scandinavian Airlines. Passengers can reroute via Copenhagen or Stockholm. In all cases, passengers must connect via a BA operated service between London Heathrow and Copenhagen or Stockholm.

It should also be possible to rebook on to BA’s codeshare with Finnair from Helsinki.

Affected passengers should contact either BA or their travel agent.

British Airways launches new routes to Bastia and Preveza

British Airways is to launch two new summer seasonal routes from London Heathrow to Bastia, Corsica and Preveza, Greece from late May to September 2019.

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Corsica (Image Credit: British Airways)
Corsica (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to launch two new summer seasonal routes from London Heathrow to Bastia, Corsica and Preveza, Greece from late May 2019.

BA will fly to Bastia (Bastia – Poretta Airport) once a week on Saturdays from 25 May to 28 September 2019.

It will also fly to Preveza (Aktion National Airport) on Wednesdays and Sundays from Sunday 26 May to Sunday 28 September 2019.

Both routes will operate from London Heathrow Terminal 5.

BA also operates a summer seasonal route to Figari. BA also serves a number of destinations in Greece from London Heathrow as well as Skiathos from London City.
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British Airways Suspends London Heathrow – Murcia

British Airways is to suspend its summer seasonal route from London Heathrow to Murcia. It will not return in the summer of 2019.

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Murcia San Javier Airport
Murcia San Javier Airport (Image Credit: aena)

British Airways is to suspend its summer seasonal route from London Heathrow to Murcia.

The route to Murcia San Javier airport launched in 2017 and is currently scheduled to operate twice weekly until Saturday 27 October 2018.

It was due to return from 2 April 2019 to 26 October 2019. However, the route has now been suspended in its entirety.

Murcia San Javier airport (airport code MJV) is in fact due to close to scheduled passenger flights in the coming months. Another airport serving the region, Corvera, also known as Región de Murcia International Airport (airport code RMU), is currently scheduled to open to passenger flights in early 2019. easyJet is to transfer operations to Corvera from the summer of 2019.

Passengers whose flights have been cancelled are entitled to a full refund. Passengers can also travel to an alternative BA destination in Spain such as Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga or Valencia. However, any consequential costs such as ground transportation will be at your expense.

When BA has previously suspended summer seasonal routes, it has secured rebooking options on alternative carriers. However, these were on network carriers via their hubs in mainland Europe – who don’t currently serve Murcia – and not on low cost airlines that fly direct from London.

BA London Heathrow – Madrid flight number changes

British Airways is changing its flight numbers for Iberia operated flights from London Heathrow to Madrid due to an internal systems change.

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British Airways / Iberia Logos
British Airways / Iberia Logos (Image Credit: British Airways / Iberia)

BA and Iberia have long operated a joint schedule between London Heathrow and Madrid with the two airlines codesharing on each other’s flights.

Normally, when two airlines codeshare on a flight there is a “prime” flight number for the airline operating the flight. There is also a codeshare flight number for the codeshare partner that is merely selling another airline’s flight.

Airlines apply distinctly separate flight number sequences for their own flights and codeshare flights. On most occasions, the rules of the operating airline apply regarding seat selection, luggage fees etc.

BA & Iberia London Heathrow – Madrid Codeshare

Shortly after the merger of BA and Iberia in 2011, it was decided that Iberia would move into London Heathrow Terminal 5 to maximise connectivity between the two airline’s respective hubs.

However, there was a complication in that until then BA was the sole tenant of Terminal 5 and all of the systems and processes had been designed for BA’s operations.

A consequence of this was that flights from London Heathrow to Madrid operated by Iberia were treated by BA as its own flights and given a BA “prime” flight number.

This is now changing. The upshot of this is that the BA flight numbers for Iberia operated flights will change to a different sequence as follows:
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