With just two weeks’ notice, British Airways is sharply reducing its presence at London Heathrow Terminal 3 and moving two-thirds of the “T3” routes to the main home, Terminal 5.
From July 12, all long-haul flights currently operating from T3 – to destinations including Barbados, Buenos Aires, Las Vegas and Orlando – will return to T5. Many short-haul flights, especially to Central Europe and the former Yugoslavia, will also move.
The news of the change was shared by the website Head for Points for frequent flights. The editor, Rob Burgess, said: “There is something a little strange about this. The changes are happening fast – passengers will only get 14 days notice in some cases. “
Normally changes are made to the terminal at the “seasonal limits” at the end of October and the end of March. The short notice may mean that some passengers with existing bookings will accidentally show up at terminal 3.
Burgess said: “It also makes little sense when it comes to trying to manage queues and lounge capacity in terminal 5.”
A British Airways spokesman said: “As part of a planned Heathrow terminal move with our airline partners, all our long-haul flights and more than half of our short-haul flights currently operating from Terminal 3 will move to Terminal 5 from 12 July.
“We proactively inform customers and recommend that they check their order on ba.com before traveling.”
BA has made around 15,000 planned flight cancellations so far this summer, and it appears that the airline can place almost the entire Heathrow operation in a single terminal.
Partners Iberia and American Airlines currently have a significant presence on Terminal 5. But the Flyertalk forum reports: “American Airlines will consolidate all AA LHR operations Terminal 3 with effect from July 1, 2022.”
The independent seeking comment from American Airlines.
Links from terminal 3 have traditionally been those with the least proportion of connecting traffic to other BA routes. An “airside” bus connection or “landside” railway connection is required by passengers with transfers to and from terminal 5.
The news emerged when the Civil Aviation Authority said they want passenger charges at Heathrow to fall every year until 2026.
Long-haul flights from T3 to T5
- Buenos Aires *
- Las Vegas
- São Paulo *
(* Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo are currently operated as a single service)
Short journeys from T3 to T5
Short trips with stay in T3