British Airways will continue to operate a limited flight schedule during September.
Flights will remain concentrated at London Heathrow, with BA operating a small number of long-haul routes at London Gatwick and a limited short-haul schedule at London City.
In some respects the airline is taking a step backwards compared to July & August. Many summer seasonal short-haul routes end this month. Some year-round short-haul routes that returned in July and August are suspended for September. BA CityFlyer has also pushed back the return of many routes to mainland Europe until October and November.
It seems clear that until there is a meaningful relaxation of travel restrictions, or at least some consistent standards to allow business travel, schedules will remain reduced for some time.
As the airline’s priority is conserving cash, flights will only be reinstated when they can operate on a cash flow positive basis.
Below are the main changes up to the end of September. This article has been updated since publication and will be regularly updated throughout September.
There may also be inconsistencies between online timetables and BA’s booking engine as some flights may only be offered on a one-way basis, or taken off sale some days before departure.
Also note that cancelled flights are still showing on some airport websites. BA is operating a number of cargo-only flights which may appear on some websites and apps under their regular flight numbers.
Travel & Entry Restrictions
Travel and entry restrictions vary by both country and region and can include:
- Restrictions on entry based on citizenship and purpose of travel.
- Evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test.
- Completion and submission of a medical declaration before travel.
- Advance registration with overseas authorities.
- Some long-haul routes (eg India & South Africa) closing for sale up to 7 days before travel.
- Restrictions on transit passengers.
BA has provided a list of links to country-by-country guidance and relevant forms that must be completed before departure on its website.
Some countries require forms to be completed, and submitted to relevant authorities where necessary, 24-72 hours before travel. Passengers who do not comply may be denied boarding.
Country-by-country guidance for UK travellers is also available from the Foreign Office.
Guidance for passengers arriving in the UK is available from the UK government.
Full details of new airport and on board procedures for BA flights are available at ba.com
Some flights may have specific requirements such as different check-in procedures, temperature checks, restrictions on hand luggage and additional Personal Protective Equipment.
BA Refund and Rebooking Policies
If your flight is cancelled you are entitled to a full refund.
You will need to call BA to obtain a refund as this cannot be done online.
All passengers due to travel up to Wednesday 30 September 2020 have the flexibility to change their booking free of charge or exchange the value of their ticket for a Future Travel Voucher (redeemable by phone) or eVoucher (redeemable online).
These can be used as payment towards a new booking for travel up to and including 30 April 2022. More details of this policy are at ba.com Please note there are separate rules on the use of Future Travel Vouchers and eVouchers.
Passengers can check the status of their bookings using the Manage My Booking tool on ba.com
All BA flights are operating from Terminal 5.
BA has reopened its Heathrow departure lounges. A number of airport cafes and coffee shops have reopened. At Terminal 5, the Club Aspire lounge, Gordon Ramsay Plane Food and the Plaza Premium Lounge have reopened.
The food and beverage service on all flights remains limited. Here are details of the service for all cabins.
All other airlines at Heathrow, apart from American Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways are operating from Terminal 2. Terminals 3 and 4 are closed for the foreseeable future.
London Heathrow – UK Domestic
BA is currently flying to Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Manchester, Newcastle and Newquay.
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