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.

Flights are on sale now at aa.com and ba.com

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British Airways London Heathrow Summer Schedule

Here are details of BA’s London Heathrow summer schedule from Sunday 31 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 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.

Long-Haul Changes

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.

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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.

Flights are on sale at ba.com

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 Trials Sofitel Heathrow Check-In

British Airways is trialling a dedicated check-in facility at the Sofitel London Heathrow Terminal 5.

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Sofitel London Heathrow Terminal 5
Sofitel London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: Accor Hotels)

Long time BA flyers may recall there was once a time where you could check-in for your flights before heading to the airport at either London Paddington or Victoria railway stations.

This form of pre-airport check-in is making a comeback at Heathrow of sorts, as BA is now trialling a check-in at the Sofitel Heathrow Terminal 5.

This hotel is of course connected directly to Terminal 5.   If you’re staying at the hotel you can now check-in for any BA Heathrow flight between 05:00 and 13:00.

The one downside is that whilst your luggage will be tagged at the Sofitel you have to take itself to the terminal!

This does sort of defeat the object but direct luggage transfers may be added if it becomes permanent.

As this is a trial, it is a case of “use it or lose it”.  If you value it do make your views known in post-flight surveys.

In any event, we would always recommend checking in online as soon as practicable when online check-in opens.   It’s an extremely rare occurrence, but if there’s a problem with your booking which means you can’t check-in, you do have 24 hours to address the issue, rather than a fraught couple of hours at the airport.

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 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.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

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 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.