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British Airways to move six long-haul routes to Heathrow Terminal 3

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In another sign of something like normality returning to the British Airways network, the airline is moving six long-haul routes from Heathrow Terminal 5 to Terminal 3.

This isn’t new, of course. Pre covid, British Airways ran a number of long-haul routes from Terminal 3.

The list of routes may look random but it isn’t. These are meant to be routes with fewer connecting passengers, meaning that the number of people who have to transfer from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3 is minimised.

Heathrow Terminal 3

The routes and switch dates are:

  • Accra – 25th April
  • Austin – 25th April
  • Barbados – 30th March
  • Orlando – 30th March
  • Las Vegas – 25th April
  • São Paulo / Buenos Aires – 25th April

(EDIT: It turns out that Phoenix is moving too)

The best thing about flying from Terminal 3, if you are in Business or First Class or have British Airways Silver or Gold status, is to visit the impress Qantas and Cathay Pacific lounges. There is no point visiting the British Airways lounges, frankly.

Here is:

The latter can be accessed by BA Gold card holders as well as First Class passengers.


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Comments (52)

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  • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

    BA were offering me some rather tight connections from MAN via LHR. Including some that will now arrive into T5 from MAN and depart from LHR T3. Considering the baggage fiasco using just one terminal, I’d have no confidence booking an itinerary that relies on BA getting my luggage out of T5’s infernal machine and over to T3 in short order.

    • SamG says:

      Minimum connection time T5-T3 is 90mins instead of 60 for T5 some connections will need be rebooked

    • NorthernLass says:

      We’ve gone back to overnighting at LHR when travelling long haul after a number of near misses, including the fiasco on our last trip when we had a mad taxi dash down to LHR to make our connecting flight – which we then nearly missed as BA had put us down as no-shows for the domestic leg THEY cancelled and we had to be re-ticketed. Never again!

      • Jill Kinkell says:

        We usually overnight in London prior to long haul too. Partly I hate getting up in the middle of the night for a 0645/0700 departure from local airport….prefer a more civilised time of day….. weather, and I like to build in a contingency plan as .BA.can be unpredictable. This method has served us well on more than several occasions.

        • Londonsteve says:

          I feel compelled to therefore ask, why persist with BA if it causes so much stress and inconvenience? One can fly from most UK regional airports with a variety of European carriers to their hub like Schipol and Frankfurt, alternatively directly to Doha or Dubai on long haul aircraft if heading in a general easterly direction (or Russia these days!). The time lost reserving day 1 just for getting to London, then the cost of staying overnight at Heathrow makes it barely worth flying BA, I would have thought?

  • Frankie says:

    Phoenix is moving to T3 too. I got an email from BA yesterday about the move of my flight in June from T5 to T3. Nairobi is also moving at the end of this month.

    • Washborne says:

      Same email received here for the two flights I have for PHX. Slight irony for me as the switch from 3 to 5 happened a month after what turned out to be my last flight there before the pandemic kicked in and this switch back to 3 takes place a couple of months before my first (hopefully) since. Oh well, glad I hadn’t quite got around to booking the parking and hotel! Back to looking at the bus routes from yesterdays posts!

  • Andrew J says:

    Loads of short haul routes are moving to T3 from 1 April too. But sadly Barcelona is moving back to T5. Full list is on FT.

  • NorthernLass says:

    It surprises me that there’s not a lot of connecting traffic for BGI and MCO – especially the latter as northern travellers often choose BA at peak periods due to exorbitant pricing on direct routes.

    Also, what’s happening with the old LGW routes? Just wondering if the BDA service will revert to LGW in time.

  • QwertyKnowsBest says:

    If only LHR would find a way for domestic arrivals to transfer between terminals without further security as you used to be able to do before T5. Security adds considerable time to the transfer as well as irritating to have to once again go through the process.

  • Allan Murray says:

    Specifically booked MCO from LHR as we’re coming from Cyprus and could connect in T5. We have 2 hours 15 mins connection in April so should be OK but we also have another booked in January which has only 1 hour. That one hasn’t moved to T3 yet but when it does we’ll be in trouble I think.

  • Jonathan says:

    Where’s the best place to park (with 2 children) now my flight now departs T3 and returns to T5?

    • Tracey says:

      Use valet parking. They can collect from one terminal and deliver your car back to another.

    • Michael C says:

      Potentially a JustPark spot? Have to factor in drop-off charge, of course.

    • Andrew. says:

      It’s not really that hard to go between the terminals – even with children. Down to TFL and change terminals.

      Although, if not into valet parking, Purple serve all terminals from a single multi-storey.

    • pauldb says:

      T5 Long stay and T123 Business are right next to one another: I’ve read you can park in one and walk past the fence to the other as required. But should should of course check they are both operating at the moment.

      Personally I use a small valet co Middlesex Parking without issue but it’s been a while and I appreciate you might think it risky.

    • dougzz99 says:

      T5 long stay parking is adjacent to T3 business parking. It’s easy to walk between the two and get the bus of your choice. You need the eastern end of the T5 long stay to be close to the T3 parking.

  • Simon says:

    Random but related question – do the A350s generally deplane from L2? Thinking about seat selection and a sharp exit at LAS…

    • KP says:

      Yes generally L2

      • Frankie says:

        Are WTP and WT still held back until CW disembark? I’m in seat 2A for an incoming LAS flight so quite far away from L2.

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