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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BA launches London Heathrow – Almeria

BA will fly from London Heathrow to Almeria on Tuesdays and Sundays for the summer season.

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Almeria (Image Credit: British Airways / Almeria Tourist Board)
Almeria (Image Credit: British Airways / Almeria Tourist Board)

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.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

easyJet and Ryanair also fly to Almeria from London Gatwick and Stansted respectively.

London Heathrow – Almeria

Flight BA420 Depart London Heathrow 13:15 – Arrive Almeria 17:00 (Tuesday, Saturday)
Flight BA421 Depart Almeria 17:50 – Arrive London Heathrow 19:35 (Tuesday, Saturday)

BA launches seasonal London City – Alicante route

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BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport

British Airways adds to its growing portfolio of summer seasonal routes with the launch of a new summer seasonal route from London City to Alicante.

The route will operate for some ten weeks from Monday 27 June 2016 to Monday 5 September 2016.

The route will be flown four times weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays. Flights will be operated using an Embraer E-190 aircraft in a two class, Club Europe business class and EuroTraveller economy class configuration. Flights can also be “mixed and matched” with BA’s daily services to Alicante from London Gatwick.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com.
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Iberia Express launches London Heathrow – Asturias

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Iberia Express Airbus A320 (Image Credit: Iberia Express)
Iberia Express Airbus A320 (Image Credit: Iberia Express)

Iberia Express, the low cost short-haul sibling of Iberia, is to launch a three times weekly route from London Heathrow to Asturias in the north west of Spain from Sunday 24 April 2016.

Iberia Express will offer a two class, economy and business, service on this route.

At launch, flights depart from London Heathrow Terminal 5 on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and will be codeshared with British Airways.

This route launch adds to a growing number of Iberia routes at London Heathrow including Palma Mallorca, and Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Iberia also serves Madrid from London Heathrow and Gatwick.

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

Flight IB3603 Depart London Heathrow 20:30 – Arrive Asturias 23:25 (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday)
Flight IB3610 Depart Asturias 18:20 – Arrive London Heathrow 19:15 (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday)

H/T Airlineroute.net

Update January 2018: This route, which currently operates on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday is suspended from Saturday 24 March 2018. Iberia’s sister airline Vueling will continue to fly from London Gatwick to Asturias three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It is also possible to fly to Asturias from London Heathrow indirectly via Madrid.

Vueling launches Gatwick – Santiago de Compostela

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Vueling Airbus A320 (Image Credit: Vueling)

Vueling continues its steady, if slightly haphazard, expansion in the UK with the launch of a new route from London Gatwick to Santiago de Compostela, the capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region. The route operates from Wednesday 30 March 2016.

The airline will fly to Santiago de Compostela Airport from London Gatwick’s South Terminal three times a week.

Flights are on sale now at Vueling.com

Flight VY7389 Depart London Gatwick 20:30 – Arrive Santiago de Compostela 23:30 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Flight VY7388 Depart Santiago de Compostela 18:35 – Arrive London Gatwick 19:40 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

On other days, indirect routings are available via Vueling’s hub in Barcelona.

Vueling has a growing presence in the UK, and specifically London, albeit without a natural base.

From London Gatwick, Vueling also flies to Barcelona, Bilbao, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Rome-Fiumicino, and Florence. From Heathrow, Vueling flies to La Coruña and Barcelona. This summer, Vueling will also fly from London Luton to Barcelona and Amsterdam.

Vueling is part of International Airlines Group with British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus. Vueling’s flights to Santiago de Compostela can also be booked as codeshares with BA and Iberia.

Update January 2018: Vueling will suspend this route from Friday 23 March 2018. easyJet will fly the route on Wednesday and Saturday from Wednesday 28 March 2018.

BA launches seasonal routes from Heathrow to Biarritz, Menorca & Palermo

British Airways is to operate summer seasonal routes from London Heathrow to Biarritz, Menorca and Palmermo

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British Airways Short Haul Economy Cabin
British Airways Short Haul Economy Cabin (Credit: British Airways)

British Airways continues its successful strategy of summer seasonal routes from London Heathrow with the launch of there new routes from 2016: Biarritz in South West France, Mahon on the island of Menorca and Palermo, the capital of Sciliy.

The airline will fly two times a week to Biarritz from Sunday 1 May, four times a week to Menorca from Friday 29 April 2016 and two times a week to Palermo from Saturday 30 April 2016.

All flights will depart from London Heathrow Terminal 5. Flights are on sale now at ba.com

London Heathrow – Biarritz (Biarritz Pay-Basque airport)

BA0382 Depart London Heathrow 16:25 – Arrive Biarritz 19:15 (Wednesday & Sunday)

BA0383 Depart Biarritz 20:10 – Arrive London Heathrow 21:00 (Sunday)
BA0383 Depart Biarritz 20:15 – Arrive London Heathrow 21:05 (Wednesday)

London Heathrow – Menorca (Mahon airport)

BA0494 Depart London Heathrow 16:10 – Arrive Menorca 19:30 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)

BA0495 Depart Menorca 20:20 – Arrive London Heathrow 21:50 (Monday, Friday, Saturday)
BA0495 Depart Menorca 20:25 – Arrive London Heathrow 21:55 (Wednesday)

London Heathrow – Palermo (Palermo International Airport)

BA0610 Depart London Heathrow 15:15 – Arrive Palermo 19:10 (Saturday)
BA0610 Depart London Heathrow 15:20 Arrive Palermo 19:15 (Tuesday)

BA0611 Depart Palermo 19:55 – Arrive London Heathrow 21:55 (Saturday)
BA0611 Depart Palermo 20:00 – Arrive London Heathrow 22:00 (Tuesday)

BA launches London Gatwick – Valencia

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London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)
London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)

BA continues its fight back at London Gatwick with the launch of a new service to the Spanish city of Valencia from Friday 6 November 2015.

The route will initially operate four times weekly, increasing to six times weekly from late March 2016, and flights are on sale now on ba.com

London Gatwick – Valencia

Flight BA2794 Depart London Gatwick 09:00 Arrive Valencia 12:20 (Tue, Wed)
Flight BA2794 Depart London Gatwick 06:45 Arrive Valencia 10:05 (Fri)
Flight BA2794 Depart London Gatwick 09:00 Arrive Valencia 12:20 (Sun)

Flight BA2785 Depart Valencia 13:05 Arrive London Gatwick 14:35 (Tue, Wed)
Flight BA2785 Depart Valencia 11:10 Arrive London Gatwick 12:40 (Fri)
Flight BA2785 Depart Valencia 13:30 Arrive London Gatwick 15;00 (Sun)

Valencia is BA’s fifteenth Spanish destination with flights already operating to Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Granada, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Mallorca, Menorca, Seville and Tenerife from a combination of London Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports.

Iberia returns to Havana & launches Medellin & Cali in Colombia

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Iberia (Image Credit: Iberia)

Some positive signs of a real turnaround and expansion at Iberia.

The airline is to reinstate flights between Madrid and Havana in Cuba from 1 June 2015. Flights will operate five weekly, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays.

Iberia will also add Cali and Medellin in Colombia to its route network from 3 July 2015.

This will operate as a “triangular” route, whereby Iberia will fly Madrid – Medellin, Medellin – Cali, and Cali -Madrid. Flights operate three times weekly on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

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The story of an airline turnaround: IAG & Iberia

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Iberia Express Airbus A320 (Image Credit: Iberia Express)
Iberia Express Airbus A320 (Image Credit: Iberia Express)

This post is perhaps for students of aviation rather than the travelling public at large, but it is something worth noting in any event.

We have written much in recent years about British Airways’ International Airlines Group (“IAG”) sibling Iberia, and the wildly divergent financial performance of the two airlines since the formation of IAG four years ago in 2011.

Since Iberia started to report very heavy losses in 2012, IAG has taken a number of steps to improve the performance of Iberia.

This has included a complete overhaul of its senior management by a new CEO and (after bitter and unedifying industrial action with some rather unpleasant anti-British sentiment) reaching new collective agreements with its pilots and other staff working groups.

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Iberia launches London Gatwick – Madrid

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Iberia Express Airbus A320 (Image Credit: Iberia Express)
Iberia Express Airbus A320 (Image Credit: Iberia Express)

Ever since the marriage of BA and Iberia a little under four years ago, we have often wondered why Iberia has not taken advantage of BA’s distribution and marketing to operate more flights from UK airports to its Madrid hub.

There have been short-lived flights from Glasgow to Madrid, but little more. Now, as part of a significant expansion of Iberia’s short-haul network (which includes the launch of flights from Manchester and Edinburgh to Madrid), Iberia is to launch twice daily flights from London Gatwick to Madrid from Sunday 29 March 2015.

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