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
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
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 Launches Southampton Routes

BA CityFlyer will operate a series of seasonal routes at Southampton airport from May to October 2021.

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Ibiza
Ibiza (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has launched a string of new summer seasonal routes from Southampton Airport.

These will be operated by its subsidiary BA CityFlyer, whose principal base is at London City Airport. For the past five years, BA CityFlyer has operated seasonal routes at weekends from UK regional airports. This primarily due to the closure of London City airport at weekends.

Summer seasonal routes at London Stansted and Manchester airports are cancelled next summer.

British Airways Route Network, Southampton
British Airways Route Network, Southampton (Image Credit: British Airways)

Next summer, BA will fly from Southampton to Bergerac, Berlin, Edinburgh, Faro, Florence, Ibiza, Limoges, Malaga, Mykonos, Nice and Palma de Mallorca.

Return flights typically operate 1 – 2 a week from early – mid May up to 31 October 2020. As these return flights are often “nested” in return flights from London City, it’s a safe assumption that many of these routes will operate from London City next summer.

Southampton has always seemed a logical choice given BA’s catchment in the South East. BA CityFlyer is operating a relatively high number of routes compared other regional airports previously served. No doubt the closure of Flybe is factor in BA CityFlyer choosing to fly from the airport next summer.

As these are new seasonal routes, the exact frequencies, timings and operating dates may change over the coming months according to commercial demand. There if course the unknown factor as to what travel restrictions will be in place next summer.

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BA Adds Long-Haul Routes In December

British Airways plans to reinstate many long-haul routes at London Heathrow throughout December.

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image Credit: British Airways)
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways will reinstate a number of long-haul routes at London Heathrow in December.

This follows the easing of lockdown restrictions in England in December which had prompted the airline to operate many routes on a cargo only basis during November. Frequencies are also increased on a number of other routes.

As ever, schedules are subject to change at short notice. There is limited visibility on flight schedules. Timetables indicate some long-haul routes may return at London Gatwick later in December. However, these have been postponed at short notice many times before.

Passengers due to fly in December are strongly advised to keep a close eye on their bookings using the Manage My Booking tool. All passengers must comply with pre-departure and entry requirements.

BA’s Galleries Club South and First lounges at Terminal 5 also reopen from 2 December.

By region, routes expected to return at Heathrow, or benefit from frequency increases, include:

North America

Destinations provisionally due to return in December include Boston and Philadelphia from 3 December as well as Atlanta and San Francisco from 10 December.

Flights from London Heathrow to Barbados will increase to daily from 9 December.

BA will continue to operate passenger flights to Chicago O’Hare, Grand Cayman, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, Seattle, Toronto and Washington Dulles throughout December.

Central & South America

BA returns to Rio de Janeiro with three times weekly flights from 12 December.

Flights to Sao Paulo increase to daily from 2 December. BA will also provisionally fly to Buenos Aires and Mexico City from 4 December and Santiago weekly on Saturdays from 5 December.

Africa & Indian Ocean

BA reinstates daily flights to Cape Town from 3 December and to The Maldives from 4 December.

Flights to the Maldives are operated with BA’s latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft which features a modified First Class cabin and the Club Suite in Club World.

Flights to Abuja increase to daily from 2 December. Accra also increases to daily from 3 December.

BA is provisionally due to return to The Seychelles from 12 December.

BA continues to serve Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi throughout December.

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BA Ends Wide Body Short-Haul Flights

BA no longer operates wide body aircraft on selected flights from London Heathrow to Amsterdam, Athens, Larnaca and Zurich.

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

Over the past few months BA has operated selected short-haul flights in Europe with wide body long-haul aircraft.

This originated when BA was operating a skeleton schedule in Europe, with wide body aircraft used for its cargo capacity.

The following short-haul services from London Heathrow are no longer operated with Boeing 787 aircraft from this week. They revert to Airbus A320 series short-haul aircraft:

Amsterdam on Wednesday & Thursday under flight numbers BA430 & BA431 ended on 29 October.

Athens on Friday under flight numbers BA632 & BA633 ended on 30 October.

Larnaca on Thursday under flight numbers BA662 & BA663 ended on 29 October.

Zurich on Saturday under flight numbers BA712 & BA713 will end today, 31 October.

BA will, from Sunday 1 November, operate a wide body Boeing aircraft between London Heathrow and Madrid every day under flight numbers BA458 and BA459.

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SUN-AIR Suspends Flights Until August 2021

British Airways’ franchise partner SUN-AIR has suspended all scheduled flights until August 2021.

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SUN-AIR Dornier 328 Jet in British Airways livery
SUN-AIR Dornier 328 Jet in British Airways livery (Image Credit: SUN-AIR of Scandinavia A/S)

British Airways’ franchise partner SUN-AIR of Scandinavia A/S has decided to suspend all scheduled flights until August 2021.

SUN-AIR, which operated routes from London City and Manchester to Billund, had been progressively delaying the resumption of scheduled flights.

It has now decided to suspend all scheduled flights until August 2021. These may restart earlier, but this will depend on a significant improvement on market conditions. This is likely to be only achieved by an easing of travel restrictions in Europe which in turn requires a widely available vaccine against COVID-19.

BA has recently reinstated scheduled flights from London Heathrow to Billund. Its schedules are of course subject to change in the coming weeks as countries in Europe reintroduce lockdowns and travel restrictions.

SUN-AIR also operates a shuttle between Manchester, Cambridge and Gothenburg on behalf of AstraZeneca which it will reinstate at its request.

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British Airways Introduces Modified First Class Cabin

British Airways has introduced a modified First Class cabin with a sliding door on its latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

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British Airways First Class Seat With Sliding Door, Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft
British Airways First Class Seat With Sliding Door, Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has introduced a modified First Class cabin on its latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

BA was due to take delivery of four new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft this year. It has recently received the first of these aircraft, which bears the registration G-STBM.

As expected, this aircraft features a smaller eight seat First Class cabin. The First Class seat is largely based on the First Class cabin on Boeing 787-9 aircraft, but with the addition of sliding door for complete privacy. This follows the decision to add a door to BA’s new Club Suite on all aircraft.

The new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is currently operating selected flights between London Heathrow and New York JFK (BA113 & BA114).

In total, the aircraft has 8 seats in First Class, 76 seats in Club World, 40 in World Traveller Plus and 136 in World Traveller.

Clearly, passengers will have their own views on the benefit of complete privacy versus being able to keep an eye on movements in the cabin, and not being out of sight of cabin crew.

BA had planned to refurbish its 12 other Boeing 777-300ER aircraft this year which were delivered to the airline between 2010 and 2014. This is to not only reduce the size of the First Class cabin from 14 to 8 seats, but also retrofit the Club Suite and “densify” World Traveller from 9 seats to 10 seats abreast.

More broadly, given the retirement of the entire Boeing 747 fleet and possible conversion of some four class Boeing 777-200 aircraft to three class, it is inevitable that First Class will be withdrawn from many routes in the medium term. The seating configuration of future deliveries of Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777-9 aircraft is also likely to be reviewed.

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Sean Doyle Appointed Chief Executive Of British Airways

Sean Doyle has replaced Alex Cruz as Chief Executive Of British Airways with immediate effect.

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Sean Doyle, Chief Executive, Aer Lingus
Sean Doyle, Chief Executive, British Airways (Image Credit: Aer Lingus)

Sean Doyle has replaced Alex Cruz as Chief Executive of British Airways with immediate effect.

Sean was Chief Executive of BA’s fellow IAG subsidiary Aer Lingus. He knows BA very well, having previously held a number of senior management roles at the airline, including director, network, fleet and alliances.

Alex will remain non-Executive Chairman of BA for an interim period. These changes were announced today, Monday 12 October 2020, by new IAG CEO Luis Gallego who recently replaced founding IAG CEO Willie Walsh.

Alex has held the role of Chief Executive and Chairman of BA since April 2016, having previously been CEO of fellow IAG subsidiary Vueling.

There have been turbulent times during Alex’s tenure (though you could say that of almost every BA Chief Executive), notably the high profile IT power failure of 2017, the theft of customer data from ba.com in 2018 and an an industrial dispute with BA pilots which overshadowed the airline’s centenary celebrations in 2019 and public criticism over the planned restructuring of the airline post COVID-19.

British Airways CEO Alex Cruz Media Appearances Friday 7 September 2018
British Airways CEO Alex Cruz Media Appearances Friday 7 September 2018 (Image Credit: BBC, CNN, ITV News)

On a more positive note, Alex oversaw the introduction of BA’s new “Club Suite” long-haul business class cabin, pre COVID-19 improvements to catering in premium cabins and the roll-out of a new lounge concept around the world. There is often a misguided view that when BA CEOs make unpopular decisions, any other CEO would act differently.

Many will speculate as to the reasons for Alex’s departure. It’s not unusual for a new CEO to make management charges. IAG do also like to move executives around the group. The fact that Alex is leaving immediately and has not moved to an alternative role in IAG suggests it was not voluntary. It was clear from Alex’s very well rehearsed recent appearance before the Transport Select Committee that it had been stung by criticism by MPs over the airline’s restructuring.

Sean Doyle has a full in-tray. In the coming months he will make decisions around BA’s fleet plans, route network and airline partnerships that will shape the future of the airline for the rest of the decade as it seeks to recover from COVID-19. Like his predecessors, Sean will have to make unpopular decisions that will put him under considerable public scrutiny.

The next major update from IAG is likely when it presents its third quarter results on Friday 30 October 2020.

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British Airways’ Route Network – October 2020

BA has confirmed its long and short-haul route networks from London City, Gatwick and Heathrow airports for October 2020.

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British Airways Airbus A350-1000 G-XWBA Aircraft, London Heathrow
British Airways Airbus A350-1000 G-XWBA Aircraft, London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has officially confirmed its route network from London City, Gatwick and Heathrow airports for October 2020.

Note: This article has been updated throughout the month as further changes are confirmed.

The airline has issued maps of its short-haul and long-haul networks, with associated flight frequencies. Full details are below. You can also download PDF versions of BA’s long-haul and short-haul route networks.

At London Heathrow, BA has in recent months added flights to Bahrain, Barbados, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Lahore, Male, Newark, and Tokyo Haneda.

As far as short-haul is concerned, BA resumed flights in October to Brussels, Gothenburg, Luxembourg, Milan Linate, Stuttgart, Reykjavik and Valencia. Many summer seasonal routes come to an end.

Many Gatwick short-haul route continue to operate at Heathrow in October. These include Bilbao, Jersey, Kos, Lanzarote, Madeira, Naples, Porto, Seville and Tenerife.

At London City, BA will serve Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast City, Dublin, Amsterdam, Berlin Tegel, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Zurich, Nice, Florence, Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza.

The UK government has introduced restrictions on international and domestic travel from 5 November until 2 December. A very substantial number of flight cancellations for November and December are highly likely. BA is expected to all flights at Gatwick until December and operate a skeleton schedule at London City and Heathrow. BA will also close all of its London Heathrow lounges and the First Wing from 5 November.

Passengers due to fly with BA in the coming weeks are strongly advised to ensure their contact details are up to date in the Manage By Booking tool. You can also consult the most up to date flight timetable and live flight information on ba.com

Passengers who are flying must also ensure they comply with pre-departure and entry requirements. Links to country-by-country guidance and relevant forms are on ba.com

Long-Haul Network

British Airways Long-Haul Network, London Gatwick & Heathrow, October 2020 (1 October 2020 version)
British Airways Long-Haul Network, London Gatwick & Heathrow, October 2020 (1 October 2020 version) (Image Credit: British Airways)

All routes are from London Heathrow unless otherwise stated. Many routes, particularly at Gatwick, do not operate for the whole of October.

CANADA
Toronto – 7x weekly
Montreal – 3x weekly (suspended during November)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
New York JFK – 14x weekly
Chicago O’Hare – 12x weekly
Boston – 7x weekly
San Francisco – 7x weekly
Los Angeles – 7x weekly
Miami – 7x weekly
Washington Dulles – 7x weekly
Dallas / Fort Worth – 7x weekly
Seattle – 3x weekly
Houston – 3x weekly
Atlanta – 7x weekly (frequencies reduced during November)
Philadelphia – 2x weekly
Newark – Daily from 25 October.

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
Sao Paulo – 7x weekly
Buenos Aires – 3x weekly
Mexico City – 4x weekly
Santiago – 1x weekly from 7 November

CARIBBEAN
Barbados – 7x weekly (Gatwick from 2 October & Heathrow from 17 October – frequencies reduced during November)
Bermuda – 4x weekly (Gatwick)
St Lucia – 5x weekly (Gatwick)
Antigua – 5x weekly (Gatwick)
Kingston – 3x weekly (Gatwick)
Cayman Islands – 0.5x weekly (Heathrow)

The planned launch of a new route to Montego Bay from Gatwick is postponed to 12 December.

AFRICA
Accra – 7x weekly
Abuja – 7x weekly
Lagos – 7x weekly
Nairobi – 5x weekly
Cairo – 7x weekly (flight number changes from 25 October)
Johannesburg – 7x weekly
Cape Town – 7x weekly

BA’s franchise partner in Africa Comair has suspended flights until December 2020 at the earliest. For passengers with domestic connections from Cape Town and Johannesburg, BA has secured a rebooking agreement with Airlink.

MIDDLE EAST
Tel Aviv – 7x weekly
Dubai – 7x weekly
Kuwait – 3x weekly
Riyadh – 1x weekly (delayed to 2 November)
Bahrain – 3x weekly
Amman – 1x weekly (from 25 October with short-haul aircraft)

SOUTH & CENTRAL ASIA
Mumbai – 5x weekly
Delhi – 7x weekly
Bangalore – 4x weekly
Hyderabad – 4x weekly
Chennai – 3x weekly
Islamabad – 7x weekly
Lahore – 4x weekly (new route from 12 October)

INDIAN OCEAN
Seychelles – 2x weekly (from 10 October)
Male – 3x weekly (transfers to Heathrow from 16 October)

FAR EAST
Hong Kong – 7x weekly (flight numbers change from 25 October)
Singapore – 4x weekly (flight numbers change from 25 October)
Tokyo Haneda – 3x weekly
Shanghai – 2x weekly
Kuala Lumpur – 4x weekly

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British Airways Cancels Gatwick Short-Haul To March 2021

BA will not operate any short-haul flights at Gatwick until Sunday 28 March 2021 at the earliest.

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British Airways, London Gatwick
British Airways, London Gatwick

British Airways has confirmed that it has suspended all short-haul flights at London Gatwick until Sunday 28 March 2021 at the earliest.

BA will continue to operate many Gatwick short-haul flights at London Heathrow for the winter season.

This was expected as many Gatwick short-haul flights were showing as operating at Heathrow throughout the winter season. Following a relaxation of “use it or lose it” slot rules for the winter season, BA can cancel flights at Gatwick without forfeiting slots.

At present, there is little visibility on short-haul flight schedules. BA Gatwick routes expected to operate Heathrow throughout the winter include Alicante, Bordeaux, Gran Canaria, Grenoble, Jersey, Lanzarote, Malta, Naples, Porto, Salzburg, Tenerife, Turin and Verona.

These flights will retain their original Gatwick flight numbers which begin with a 2. This means they may show on some websites as having been diverted.

BA will continue to operate some long-haul flights at Gatwick. At present, BA is operating limited flights to Antigua, Barbados, Bermuda, Kingston and St Lucia. Many routes are expected to return in October, including Cancun, Providenciales and Punta Cana. BA will also launch a new route to Montego Bay in October.

Please see here for BA’s full route network from London City, Gatwick and Heathrow airports for October 2020.

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