Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

British Airways launches flights from Southampton – 11 routes bookable

Links on Head for Points may support the site by paying a commission.  See here for all partner links.

Here’s one you didn’t see coming. British Airways, via its BA CityFlyer subsidiary, is launching 11 routes from Southampton next Summer.

Southampton was, as the picture below shows, a major Flybe base before the airline collapsed earlier this year. The services will be a welcome respite for the airport which lost virtually all of its scheduled services.

The BA flights will use Embraer aircraft which serve London City Airport during the week but have nothing to do when City is closed over the weekend.

(EDIT, May 2021 – the launch date for most of these routes has been pushed back from the dates shown below. Check for the latest information.)

To accommodate these flights, British Airways is cancelling the scheduled services from Manchester and London Stansted next Summer. This explains why so many HfP readers had reported getting cancellation emails for these services over the last few days.

Interestingly, the BBC reported yesterday that the airport has pulled its planning application for a runway extension. The airport said that it intended to submit ‘additional information’ in a revised application. This could be what they were talking about. A commitment from British Airways is likely to play a part in deciding whether to approve it.

BA CityFlyer flights Southampton summer 2021

What are the new BA routes from Southampton?

Most routes operate between May and 31st October on weekends only. Some services only operate to late September.

  • Berlin – starts 2nd May, Sunday out, Friday back
  • Edinburgh – starts 16th May, Sunday out, Friday back
  • Bergerac – starts 15th May, weekends plus Tuesday in peak season
  • Faro – starts 1st May
  • Florence – starts 1st May
  • Ibiza – starts 2nd May
  • Limoges – starts 15th May
  • Malaga – starts 1st May
  • Mykonos – starts 16th May
  • Nice – starts 15th May
  • Palma – starts 1st May

Live in London?

Many Londoners have probably never flown from Southampton. It is, however, surprisingly easy.

You can get a direct train from London Waterloo to Southampton Airport Parkway station. You will be in the small terminal building within a couple of minutes.

Is there a lounge?

Yes. Here is our review of the Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport.


Flights are now available for booking via

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (102)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • Metty says:

    To those comparing fares ex-SOU yesterday, have another look. Mykonos seems to be £135rt pp hand baggage for dates in May I just looked at, was £400+ yesterday. So it looks like the cheap fare buckets may now be added.

  • Michael C says:

    Have to admit, it’s a lovely set of destinations!

  • Rob Collins says:

    Those of us who live in the Midlands and or the North just read news like this and sigh. Not helped when Rob is quoted (in another article) as saying how good it will be for people ‘flying to their second homes in France’. FFS!

    • TrainDriverSparky says:

      There is life outside of London and The South East even if some choose to be blind to it.

  • Mikeact says:

    The other problem I have with SOU is the potential unreliability of carriers, both KL and BA over the years “Now you see us, now you don’t .” While it’s pretty good news from BA/SOU, I suggest you “Watch this space ” in the months to come, BA will be off again.

  • Tony says:

    Do you expect that the UK, as a third country after 31st December, will be on the list of countries that are exempt from the EU’s general ban on travellers from third countries? I know that this ban is not universally applied throughout the EU as it’s only voluntary at the moment, but it’s something to bear in mind at least.

    • Brian says:

      A few articles have said that 12 EU countries currently follow the guidelines to the letter but they don’t actually name them. Norway isn’t in the EU but is part of the travel guidance and they’ve confirmed that Brits who don’t live in Norway will be banned from entering for non essential trips

    • abc says:

      No, it’s quie unlikely they will be generally exempt from the EU’s recommendation. (But as you say, countries don’t have to follow it, so seems plausible that eg Spain might still let British tourists in.)

  • Concerto says:

    I wonder if you’ll be able to connect through to Edinburgh if coming from somewhere else..

  • TrainDriverSparky says:

    For those who don’t live in London, there are direct trains to Southampton Airport Parkway from Manchester Piccadilly. Journey time from Oxford to Southampton Airport Parkway is around the same as from London Waterloo.

  • Mark says:

    I suspect the timing options will be a disincentive on this route. We have flights booked to Mykonos from Heathrow for next summer. Wondered if Southampton might be better, but the only flights are outbound on Sunday, return Saturday which is not great if you want to make best use of the weekends at the start and end of the trip to give maximum trip length for days off work.

    All it seems to be doing is to utilise an LCY aircraft that would otherwise be stranded after the Saturday morning inbound as LCY is closed Saturday afternoon/Sunday morning by sending it to Southampton and back instead.

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.