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American Airlines to move more flights to Heathrow Terminal 5

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American Airlines has announced another round of musical chairs at Terminal 5, with a number of services moving to join British Airways at Terminal 5.

This will benefit anyone connecting to or from a British Airways short haul flight. It will also give American Airlines a breather whilst its Terminal 3 lounges are closed for refurbishment.

The following routes will operate from Terminal 5 from 27th March to 30th October:

American Airlines to move more flights to Heathrow Terminal 5
  • Dallas – Fort Worth
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York JFK

The following routes will remain in Heathrow Terminal 3:

  • Boston
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Raleigh – Durham

It isn’t clear what the long term plan is for American Airlines at London Heathrow. Before covid, there was talk of introducing a US immigration station in Terminal 5C and moving all British Airways and American Airlines departures to the United States to the satellite.

You can read more about the terminal switch on the AA website here.


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Comments (54)

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  • Nicky says:

    Bits: Travelling to USA in May, do they still require negative covid test before you can enter?

    • Harry T says:

      Yes, I believe so. Always worth checking the FCDO and CDC website, as requirements can change.

    • s879 says:

      Please check the latest info before traveling nearer the time as so much can change in 2 months. I went there last month and it was an observed antigen and not the home ones you can activate. I just went with Express Test at Heathrow. If you opt for home kit make sure you make an appointment for the video call. You can book PCR ofcourse too but it wasn’t a requirement.

    • QwertyKnowsBest says:

      Yes

    • Jeff77 says:

      The FCO website is a more reliable source than here

    • john says:

      Current rules expire 18th March. Watch this space..

  • Nick says:

    T5C pre-clearance was a non-starter because it needs exclusivity and that’s just not possible with the volume/spread of flights – there would be nowhere for the others to go at the right time. There weren’t enough off-pier stands. If T5D ever gets built, this could be designed for it, so that’s the time it might potentially happen.

    But I think it’s equally likely pre-clearance will never come to heathrow. Its niche has always been smaller airports, either close to the US (Canada, Caribbean) or with few flights all bunched together (Ireland, Abu Dhabi). CBP is much better in most locations now than they used to be, so queues on arrival aren’t the same issue now. And finally the cost is astronomical – the airport has to pay to fly, house, and staff the CBP officers. I don’t expect HAL will consider that an effective use of money for a long time (if ever), given it won’t attract any new pax to their airport. MAN, BRU, ARN are a different story, it’ll bring them business from other airports, so may happen there.

  • Tony Hart says:

    We spent our honeymoon I’m at Conrad Rangali and I’ve been working towards a point return for a while. Unsurprisingly a bit gutted that this has happened. It was always on the cards at some point of course.

    I’ve been holding out for one of the 100% point purchase bonuses that allow 160,000 points per person (for a 320k total). Any intel on whether one of these will return? It’s been a while – all the recent ones have been 80/160k.

    • Rob says:

      I’m sure they will be back at some point – usually later in the year because people have hit their current limit already and this lets them by more.

  • Zee says:

    This is so upsetting as I just started to save for Conrad Maldives ;(
    Looks like I will have to wait extra longer now.

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