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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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  • Kazim says:

    Isn’t MCO back to LGW for the summer season? Looking for flights this summer and cannot get any from LHR- all departing from LGW

    • Chris1922 says:

      Both. I have a GLA – LHR – MCO in June, J using 2 x 241s. My return is via LGW. Is it possible the LHR flights are sold out ?
      I’m still half expecting an email to say my LHR has been switched to LGW…

      • Clayton says:

        Remember if they move your airport near the time ( I believe within 30 days is the accepted period) then BA are on the hook for any additional costs involved.

        Either direct home or, as is standard, between the original point of departure / arrival and the new one. ( BA will normally Auth payment for direct to home costs if they are lower than costs liable for between the two airports).

        The agent you speak to may say they aren’t but they are and I’ve successfully claimed several times. Sometimes it’s required escalation up the chain, others not.

        If they move it months out then it’s unlikely any claim would be successful as they can, reasonably, assert that you were given more than enough time to adjust your plans. That said if they do move your point of departure then you’re entitled to make changes to your booking penalty free at pretty much as soon as they make said change. Fare diffs if changing dates or destination would apply but if it’s only due to dates and they’re still eg: off-peak changed to another off-peak then I’ve certainly heard of people challenging that cost increase and having BA write it off although technically they’re not obligated to so probably down to your negotiation skills personally and/or getting an agent whose happy to do it as a service recovery issue.

        • Lady London says:

          BA are obliged legally to pay the costs of your reaching any airport they move your flight to. At any time. 30 days has nothing to do with it

          They are also obliged to pay your costs to return to original airport. No matter how far ahead they made the change.

          More importantly you also have the right to refund or reroute – you don’t have to.accept.

  • KP says:

    Rob I believe NBO is also moving back to T3

  • Dawn says:

    We’ve just been told our flights to Phoenix in September have also moved to Terminal 3.

  • Tracey says:

    My NBO flights have been moved to T3.

  • Joe C says:

    PHX also moving – got notified yesterday for a flight in October

    • Andrew says:

      Yes Rob’s list is quite incomplete in terms of long haul and completely missing all the short haul moves also happening from the start of April.

  • Rachel says:

    Nairobi has also moved to T3, not sure when but my flights are in September. Secretly pleased so I can try out the Qantas lounge though!

  • The Original Nick says:

    I’m flying out of T3 to Sofia in 2 weeks time. I think I’ll be heading for the CX lounge.

  • Mel TS says:

    Yep NBO definitely moving by June – I’m also secretly pleased to be able to try out the other lounges!

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