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British Airways launches flights from Southampton – 11 routes bookable

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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.


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Comments (102)

  • 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.

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