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British Airways adds Gibraltar and Jersey flights from City – bookable now with Avios

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British Airways is adding two new routes to Jersey and Gibraltar from London City Airport this summer.

These are likely to be fairly safe holiday destinations, with Gibraltar having completed its vaccination drive and Jersey theoretically open to tourists from the UK from 26th April depending on your local authority.

If you need inspiration for trip, then you might like reader Matthias’ review of a day trip to Gibraltar.

Rob wrote this article after he spent a week in Jersey last summer.

The flights are operating twice a week – Mondays and Fridays – using BA CityFlyer’s Embraer E190 aircraft:

The first flights are on 25th June.

Gibraltar – BA3289 Monday and Friday, departing London at 13:15 and arriving in Gibraltar at 17:10

Jersey – BA3283 Monday and Friday, departing London at 09:45 and arriving in Jersey at 10:50 (these times change slightly in August)

These feature a 2-2 configuration in both Club Europe and Euro Traveller (there is no blocked seat in Club Europe).

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The flights are now bookable on, although it looks like the flights haven’t been fully loaded yet, as no flights are showing after early July.

Once the flights are fully loaded, Avios availability should be wide open with two Club and two Euro Traveller (economy) tickets for Avios redemption on each flight. Apparently CityFlyer does not have four guaranteed economy seats per flight.

The Reward Flight Saver prices for Jersey are 4,750 Avios and £17.50 on-way in economy and 8,500 Avios and £25 in Club off-peak.

Gibraltar is slightly further and therefore slightly more at 7,250 Avios + £17.50 one-way in economy and 13,500 Avios and £25 in Club, off-peak.

Remember that there is no lounge at London City so, on the outbound, there is no real benefit to Club Europe apart from the improved food and drink. Jersey has a lounge but it is also in Priority Pass so you may have access via that route. Seating is 2×2 irrespective of class.

You can book on the BA website here.


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Comments (28)

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  • Jake Taylor says:

    It’s interesting that Gib says it has completed its vaccination programme, as I live in Gib and don’t have my shot till Saturday…

    • Anna says:

      A lot of places seem to be counting it as “complete” if enough people have had it to achieve herd immunity.
      I love Gibraltar, I don’t know of anywhere that packs so much into such a small area!

      • TGLoyalty says:

        As you say I don’t think “complete” means every single person has had it but rather a significant proportion.

        Gibraltar has given 96% of its official population a first jab. However, lots of them are workers who don’t live in Gibraltar.

        • Anna says:

          Yes, ironically we are paying for Spanish nationals to be vaccinated!

        • David says:

          The official population does NOT include the cross frontier workers, they are on top.

          • Matarredonda says:

            Many many British people, residents of Spain also cross the border every day to work in Gib because the housing is substantially cheaper.
            Without both British and Spanish people working in Gib the ‘rock’ couldn’t function.
            Personally I love the place as got married there five years ago and a long weekend would make a good holidays day but decent Hotels are limited.

    • BigDave says:

      its 90% of the adult population and virtually 100% of the over 50s

  • ChrisW says:

    I’ve always found Gibraltar to be an interesting destination but everything I’ve read said there’s little to do after a day or two there.

    Are there decent beaches there, or do you have to cross the border into Spain for that?

    Is it worth a longer stay there if most of the rest of Europe isn’t on the green list this summer?

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      No and No

    • Anna says:

      There are a couple of small and very pleasant beaches which we had pretty much to ourselves on one visit.
      There’s actually loads to do if you’re a history buff, we’ve visited several times on day trips from Spain and still not got round everything. Also dolphin watching tours and scuba diving if that’s your kind of thing.
      Not too many hotel options though – I wonder what the HI is charging in points after the latest IHG “adjustments”?”

    • Alex Sm says:

      Will it be on the Green list itself? I have a booking for June for my partner’s anniversary and we are still holding our breath

  • The real John says:

    I wish BA would fly to Guernsey. Been to Jersey and Gibraltar enough times already.

  • eligold says:

    looks like there are only 2 Avios seats in Economy for the City airport flights

    • Nick says:

      Yes, Rhys clearly just copied and pasted without thinking it through. The 2+4 offer is only for Mainline flights… the Cityflyer equivalent is 2+2. This isn’t a new thing either, it’s been in place since 2015.

  • Guernsey says:

    I wish they would too – for obvious reasons ! However, I’m afraid to say, I don’t think Guernsey is a big enough market to interest them 🙁

  • Roberto says:

    For whats its worth the Calpe lounge in Gibraltar is not allowing BA business or status passengers currently. Priority pass gets you in , its nothing to write home about but a half reasonable place to sit.

    I was in Gib last week and it business as usual on the Rock pretty much, you can also have you covid test on landing if you dont have time before you fly.

  • Tracey says:

    We went there last June, before there was a requirement for covid tests on either side. Nice place if you want a few days sunshine and to be fed and watered.

  • Nick G says:

    I’m confused with your jersey entry requirements….

    From 26 April, anyone arriving in Jersey from the UK or the other Crown Dependencies, will have to provide their travel history in advance, through the online portal, and undertake PCR tests on arrival and on days 5 and 10 after arriving. All other countries, including Ireland and mainland Europe, will remain under the red 10-day isolation regime.

    The red, amber, green classifications will be reintroduced for travel to Jersey from all other destinations no earlier than Monday 17 May, when the United Kingdom reintroduces international travel.

    So can you arrive after 26th April, test on arrival then leave before 5 days to take another? Or is it the colour coding system still after that date?!

    • Rob says:

      If you are still there on Day 5 I assume you are required to go to a testing centre on Jersey (and again on Day 10).

      Everyone takes the test on Day 5 – the colour coding system simply decides what you can do during the first 10 days.

      • Nick G says:

        Cheers rob just found this as well

        From Monday 26 April, Red, Amber and Green classifications will resume for:
        Northern Ireland
        Isle of Man

        Fingers crossed for 26th April!

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