British Airways will switch its daily flight from London Heathrow to Tokyo Narita airport to Tokyo Haneda airport from Saturday 28 March 2020.
Currently, BA flies to both Tokyo Haneda (Flights BA7 & BA8) and Tokyo Narita (Flights BA5 & BA6) daily. From Saturday 28 March 2020, it will fly to Tokyo Haneda twice daily.
Flights BA5 & BA6 will continue to be operated with a Boeing 787-9 aircraft and the flight timings are broadly the same with an afternoon departure from London Heathrow and Tokyo.
BA has cited better onward connections to its joint business partner Japan Airlines and local transportation links as a reason for the move.
As BA is continuing to serve Tokyo, it is not offering any refunds to affected passengers as a consequence of this move. However, some passengers with onward connections may need to rebook to meet minimum connection times.
Sunday 27 October 2019 marks the beginning of the Winter 2019 travel season for airlines. This runs until Saturday 28 March 2020. Here are the main known schedule changes for British Airways at London Heathrow.
These are for indicative guidance and are subject to change according to commercial and operational requirements. Flights from Heathrow can booked at ba.com
London Heathrow Terminal Changes
Billund, Hanover, San Diego and Zagreb move from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3.
Luxembourg, Lyon and Phoenix move from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5.
New Long-Haul Routes
BA will fly to Dammam as an extension to its existing service to Bahrain from 1 December 2019. As a consequence of this, BA’s ground transfer service from Bahrain to Dammam (Sold as flight numbers BA8499/BA8498) will cease.
Boeing 787-10 Flights
British Airways will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 aircraft in January 2020.
BA has 12 787-10 aircraft on order, and six will be received in 2020. The first 787-10 route will be London Heathrow – Atlanta from an, as yet unconfirmed date, in February 2020.
Airbus A350-1000 Flights
BA’s Airbus A350-1000 aircraft are due to operate the following flights during the winter season:
Flights BA107/BA106 – London Heathrow – Dubai Flights BA93/BA92 – London Heathrow – Toronto Flights BA163/BA162 – London Heathrow – Tel Aviv (from Sunday 1 December 2019) Flights BA119/BA118 – London Heathrow – Bengaluru (from Wednesday 1 January 2020)
Airbus A380 Flights
Here are seasonal changes to routes operated with Airbus A380 aircraft:
Daily A380 flights to Boston (BA213/BA212) end on Sunday 27 October 2019. It is currently scheduled to return on Monday 30 March 2020.
Daily A380 flights to Chicago O’Hare (BA297/BA296) end on Friday 25 October 2019. It is currently scheduled to return on Sunday 29 March 2020.
On Saturday 26 October 2019, A380 flights to Hong Kong swap from BA31/BA32 to BA27/BA28.
BA switches to a twice daily A380 operation to Johannesburg (BA55 & BA54 / BA57 & BA56) from Sunday 27 October 2019.
BA resumes daily flights to Los Angeles on flights BA269/BA268 from Sunday 27 October 2019.
The A380 moves from a daily operation to San Francisco to Monday, Thursday & Saturday only on flights BA286 & BA287.
Daily A380 flights to Vancouver ended on Wednesday 30 September 2019. It is currently scheduled to return from Friday 1 May 2020.
The A380 returns to Washington Dulles daily from Sunday 27 October 2019 on flights BA217 & BA216 until Sunday 29 March 2020.
Other Long-Haul Changes
Beijing moves from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) to Beijing Daxing Airport (PKX) from 27 October 2019.
Cairo will continue to be operated by an Air Belgium Airbus A340 aircraft until Wednesday 6 November 2019. It will be then operated by a Titan Airways A321 aircraft until Wednesday 12 January 2020.
Calgary is suspended for the winter from Friday 25 October 2019. It will resume, initially three times weekly only, from Sunday 29 March 2020.
Charleston ends on Thursday 24 October 2019 and is currently scheduled to resume on Sunday 29 March 2019.
Muscat resumes for the winter from Wednesday 30 October 2019 and will operate, initially four times weekly, until 18 April 2020.
A long-run of Boeing 747 operations to Phoenix comes to an end as the route switches to a Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
Suspended Short-Haul Routes
Gran Canaria is suspended from Sunday 3 November 2019. The route will continue to operate from Gatwick.
Kyiv and St Petersburg have been suspended on Thursday 3 October 2019.
Returning Winter Seasonal Routes
Grenoble resumes, on Saturdays only, from Saturday 14 December 2019 to Saturday 28 March 2020.
Innsbruck resumes on Friday 13 December 2019.
Three times weekly services to Marrakech resumed on 3 October 2019 until Saturday 25 April 2020.
Services to Salzburg resume, initially four times weekly, from Friday 13 December 2019 until Saturday 28 March 2020.
British Airways has pretty much firmed up its schedule for the summer travel season, which officially starts on Sunday 31 March 2019.
Here are details of known schedule changes. Please note these are indicative and subject to change, particularly in the case of seasonal routes around the shoulder season.
BA will reinstate three former long-haul routes this summer:
Osaka, four times weekly from Sunday 31 March.
Pittsburgh, four times weekly, from Tuesday 2 April.
Islamabad, three times weekly from Sunday 2 June.
In terms of seasonal long-haul changes:
BA will fly to Charleston twice a week from Thursday 4 April until Thursday 24 October.
Calgary returns for summer from Sunday 31 March until Friday 25 October.
Muscat is suspended for the summer from Sunday 31 March until Wednesday 30 October.
In terms of long-haul frequency changes:
Nashville increases to daily from Monday 22 April.
Phoenix decreases from 10 flights a week to a daily service from Sunday 31 March.
New Short-Haul Route
Valencia transfers from Gatwick to Heathrow from Sunday 31 March.
Short-Haul Route Suspensions
Bilbao transfers to Gatwick from Sunday 31 March.
Milan Linate is suspended from Sunday 28 July to Saturday 26 October due to the closure of the airport.
Tallinn is suspended from Friday 29 March.
New Summer Seasonal Short-Haul Routes
Bastia once a week on Saturdays from 25 May to 28 September.
Preveza on Wednesdays and Sundays from Sunday 26 May to Sunday 28 September.
Ljubljana in Slovenia and Montpellier from Monday 15 July to Monday 2 September.
Seasonal Short-Haul Route Changes
Marrakech and Salzburg end for the winter on Saturday 30 March.
The following summer seasonal routes return this year:
Brindisi from Saturday 25 May to Saturday 5 October. Chania from Wednesday 22 May to Saturday 26 October. Corfu from Sunday 31 March to Saturday 26 October. Faro from Sunday 31 March to Saturday 26 October. Figari Sud-Corse Corsica, from Sunday 26 May to Sunday 29 September. Ibiza from Sunday 28 April to Saturday 28 October. Kalamata from Sunday 28 April to Sunday 29 September. Kefalonia from Tuesday 30 April to Saturday 28 September. Mykonos from Sunday 28 April to Saturday 26 October. Nantes from Thursday 11 July to Wednesday 4 September. Olbia from Saturday 18 May to Sunday 29 September. Palma from Sunday 31 March to Saturday 26 October. Palermo from Sunday 28 April to Sunday 29 September. Pula from Tuesday 21 May to Tuesday 24 September. Santorini from Sunday 28 April to Saturday 26 October. Split from Sunday 28 April to Friday 25 October. Zakynthos from Saturday 25 May to Saturday 28 September.
Note that operating dates and frequencies can change at short notice due to commercial demand.
Almeria will not return this year, having transferred to Gatwick.
Menorca will not return this year, and will operate exclusively at Gatwick.
Murcia will also not return as BA has not yet chosen to operate from the new airport in the region.
Short-Haul Frequency Changes
There are the usual modest frequency changes on long established routes. Particularly of note, and probably a sign of market dynamics, is that Manchester decreases by 14 flights a week, Glasgow decreases by 8 flights a week, and Aberdeen and Newcastle each decrease by 7 flights a week. Inverness however increases to 16 flights a week.
Helsinki also decreases to a daily service.
Larnaca increases to 2 to 3 times daily from Friday 12 July.
Pisa increases to 18 flights a week and also transfers from Terminal 5 to 3.
Alliance & Codeshare Partners
American Airlines launches a daily service to Phoenix from 31 March.
British Airways is in the process of firming up its schedules for the winter travel season, which officially starts on Sunday 28 October 2018.
Here are details of schedule and terminal changes for London Heathrow. Further announcements are expected, particularly at London Gatwick where BA is yet to announce how many of the slots it has acquired from Monarch will be used in the winter.
Please note the details below are based on announcements by BA to the travel trade and our own enquiries on third party subscription services. Not all updates may be updated on ba.com at the time of publication.
New Long-Haul Routes
BA will fly direct to Durban three times a week from Monday 29 October 2018.
New Short-Haul Routes
BA will fly to Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport from Sunday 28 October 2018. More details here.
BA’s daily service to Calgary is suspended from 28 October 2018 until Sunday 31 March 2019. More details here.
BA’s weekly service to Luanda is suspended from Thursday 7 June 2018. More details here.
BA’s twice weekly service to Palermo is suspended from the winter season. Affected passengers can be rebooked on to Air Italy via Milan or Vueling via Rome or Barcelona. Note that neither airline offers business class to Palermo.
BA’s service to Tehran is suspended from Saturday 22 September. More details here.
Turin was planned to resume twice weekly from Sunday 16 December 2018 to Saturday 30 March 2019. However, the route has been cancelled. Passengers will be re-accommodated on BA flights from Gatwick.
Winter Seasonal Routes
BA will fly to Marrakech four times a week Thursday – Sunday from 28 October 2018 until Saturday 30 March 2019, complementing its existing service from Gatwick.
Salzburg resumes, four times weekly from Sunday 16 December 2018 to Saturday 30 March 2019.
Her Majesty The Queen had officially opened London Heathrow Terminal 5 just short of two weeks before its planned opening on 27 March 2008. Hundreds of passengers had volunteered to take part in pre-opening trials. The airline was at pains to emphasise that it had learnt the lessons of teething problems at Denver and Madrid. The baggage system had been put through its paces for months.
BA promised its frequent flyers that the terminal would be “So calm, you’ll simply flow through.” Such was BA’s confidence in its promise of “no queuing” the terminal didn’t even have a dedicated business class check-in at launch. A TV ad featuring fish swimming through the terminal was ready to air.
BA was the exclusive tenant of Heathrow’s first new terminal in more than 20 years and as the home to almost all of its Heathrow flights it would transform its presence at the airport.
On opening day, the then BA CEO Willie Walsh was to greet passengers arriving on the first flight at Terminal 5 from Hong Kong and usher in a new era for the airline.
Aer Lingus is to operate selected British Airways flights between London Heathrow Terminal 5 and Dublin and Hamburg. However, Aer Lingus will offer an economy-only service on this route, with no business class cabin.
As we reported earlier this month, BA has recently acquired a portfolio of slots at London Gatwick from the airline Monarch which suspended operations late last year. As BA is required to make use of the slots to avoid forfeiting them, its fleet of Airbus short-haul aircraft is going to quite stretched over the coming months as it scrambles to fill the slots.
A consequence of this is that BA has called on Aer Lingus, which is a fellow subsidiary of BA’s parent company International Airlines Group, to operate selected flights between London Heathrow Terminal 5 and Dublin and Hamburg from early Feburary 2018.
At the outset, we should mention that this should not be confused with BA’s existing codeshare arrangement with Aer Lingus. BA has long codeshared on Aer Lingus operated flights from London Heathrow Terminal 2 to Dublin. These flights have the numbers BA59**.
BA flights between London Heathrow Terminal 5 and Dublin to be operated by Aer Lingus
BA0824 London Heathrow – Dublin
BA0826 London Heathrow – Dublin
BA0828 London Heathrow – Dublin (certain days only)
BA0827 Dublin – London Heathrow
BA0831 Dublin – London Heathrow
BA0833 Dublin – London Heathrow (certain days only)
This typically represents two of up to eight daily return BA flights between London Heathrow and Dublin.
BA flights between London Heathrow Terminal 5 and Hamburg to be operated by Aer Lingus
BA0962 London Heathrow – Hamburg
BA0969 Hamburg – London Heathrow
BA has undertaken, to use its lexicon, a “refresh” of its Concorde Room at London Heathrow Terminal 5.
There are no structural changes to the lounge as such. The basic layout and services in the lounge remain the same. The main changes are the reulphostering of furniture and changes to the layout of the terrace area with the addition of new sofas, day loungers and cabanas. And duck feet lamps.
A set of press images and video is below.
To quote those well known Australian cultural commentators Kath & Kim: “It’s nice. It’s different. It’s unusual.”
On related news, London Heathrow Terminal 5 has gained its second paid-for access lounge with the opening of a Plaza Premium lounge.The lounge is next to Gate A7 in the main terminal. The lounge is open from 05:00 to 22:00 daily. It promises views of the runway, showers, and a full bar and fresh food. No press pictures are available but Plaza Premium has built up a highly regarded portfolio of lounges at London Heathrow so it should impress. Continue reading “BA “refreshes” its London Heathrow Concorde Room”
BA has suspended two of its summer seasonal routes from London Heathrow to Biarritz and Montpellier.
These routes launched last summer. They were scheduled to resume from early May to late September 2018, but have now been cancelled.
Passengers whose flights have been cancelled are entitled to a full refund. The following rebooking options are also available:
Passengers can rebook on to an alternative BA operated flight from London Heathrow to Bilbao or Toulouse or from London Gatwick to Bordeaux. However, any additional consequential costs such as ground transportation will be at your expense.
Alternatively, passengers can be re-accommodated via Madrid on Air Nostrum which flies to Biarritz daily. This obviously involves an element of back-tracking. Passengers must fly to Madrid on a BA operated flight for the connection to Air Nostrum and fly between Saturday 5 May 2018 and Saturday 29 September 2018.
Passengers can also be re-accommodated on Air France services from Paris Charles de Gualle and Paris Orly to Biarritz. However, note that Air France does not operate a business class cabin on this route. Passengers must fly to Paris on a BA operated flight for the connection to Air France and fly between Saturday 5 May 2018 and Sunday 30 September 2018.
Passengers can be re-accommodated via Amsterdam on KLM which flies to Montpellier daily. Passengers must fly to Amsterdam on a BA operated flight for the connection to KLM and fly between Saturday 5 May 2018 and Sunday 30 September 2018.
BA has not announced any re-accommdation arrangements on airlines that fly direct from London to either Biarritz or Montpellier.
Passengers can also be re-accommodated on Air France services from Paris Charles de Gualle and Paris Orly to Montpellier. However, note that Air France does not operate a business class cabin on this route. Passengers must fly to Paris on a BA operated flight for the connection to Air France and fly between Saturday 5 May 2018 and Sunday 30 September 2018.
Note that it is quite common for BA to announce more rebooking options in the weeks after a route is cancelled. Therefore, if the above options are not satisfactory it is worth waiting a week or so to see if any alternatives emerge.
Affected passengers should contact either BA or their travel agent.
BA is to launch a new summer seasonal route from London Heathrow to Almeria in Southeast Spain. The airline will fly to Almeria from London Heathrow Terminal 5, twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Flights will operate from Tuesday 27 March 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018.
The new route is an addition to a growing portfolio of summer seasonal European routes for BA at London Heathrow which also includes Malaga and Murcia and a number of routes in France and the Greek islands. It is likely that more summer seasonal routes from all of BA’s London airports will be announced in the coming months. Please see here for our full guide to summer seasonal routes at London Heathrow.
Flights to Almeria will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft, in a two class, Club Europe business and EuroTraveller economy configuration.
This route will return in 2019, but from Gatwick. Flights will operate four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday between Sunday 31 March and Saturday 26 October 2019. The new flight numbers are BA2790 and BA2791.