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British Airways moving flights from Terminal 3 into Terminal 5 as Iberia and American move out

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British Airways is consolidating its Heathrow flights in Terminal 5, with a swathe of routes moving across from Terminal 3.

There is something a little odd about this. The changes are happening quickly – passengers will get just 14 days notice in some cases. It also makes little sense in terms of trying to manage queues and lounge capacity in Terminal 5.

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British Airways flights moving from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5

Iberia is moving in the opposite direction. Its Heathrow flights are moving from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3 from the same day. It is strongly rumoured that American Airlines will be doing the same.

This is what is happening with British Airways services:

Long haul:

ALL long haul flights in Heathrow Terminal 3 and moving to Heathrow Terminal 5.

This is effective from 12th July.

This includes routes such as:

  • Accra
  • Austin
  • Barbados
  • Orlando
  • Las Vegas
  • Phoenix
  • São Paulo / Buenos Aires

Short haul:

The following short haul routes are also due to move across to Terminal 5 on 12th July:

  • Algiers
  • Brindisi
  • Bologna
  • Budapest
  • Faro
  • Krakow
  • Ljubljana
  • Marseille
  • Nuremberg
  • Olbia
  • Prague
  • Pisa
  • Split
  • Toulouse
  • Valencia
  • Zagreb

I’m not sure how much is left in Terminal 3, to be honest, although some core routes such as Vienna are staying there. It isn’t clear if any of the routes currently being operated using Finnair aircraft and crew will move to Terminal 5, or if those are staying in Terminal 3.

If you were connecting from a Terminal 3 to Terminal 3 flight, you may need to rebook one of the legs. You will need at least two hours, realistically, to transfer between terminals and to ensure that your baggage makes it across.

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Comments (180)

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  • Phil G says:

    Bahrain Xmas flight still showing as T3

  • Chris says:

    Works out well for me. I guess I was also one of those passengers running up a huge bill for using terminal three unnecessarily. I had a flight booked to go to Madrid on the 13th of July but was going via Valencia just to spend some time at T3. Now I’ve cancelled both flights and going direct to Madrid from T3. 😉

  • ON says:

    Was lovely today LHR VIE via HEL from T3. Visited CX First (superb) and BA First (average). If I would have had more time I would have popped also into the QF one:)) One of the innumerous reroutings due to direct BA cancellations since 2020. Thanks to this and to the reduced threshold BA Gold only with European flights. Very nice experiences, have to admit. LHR HEL since this March mostly with A350 or A330.


    Hello am I not understanding this please help me understand. Going to LHR in March then back home does this mean were going to Gatwick or just a different terminal at LHR? Of course you call BA and you cannot speak to anyone and AA who i purchased the ticket from says call them they know nothing. Any please explain

    • Rhys says:

      The flights are moving between terminals at Heathrow. Gatwick doesn’t have numbered terminals, just North and South.


    Question Flying to LHR from Orlando direct flight then a week later Cairo to London to return to Orlando same day. Does this change only effect a different terminal not going to a different airport Gatwick correct? Is terminal that much further from 3 time wise?

  • janie says:

    Is there a first class check in at T3 like T5?

    • Hilda M says:

      There’s a small enclosed area, shared with AA (2 check in desks each) for First class with seating for about 4 -5 …. nothing like the First Wing in T5, I’m afraid

  • PL says:

    As a regular LHR to TLS flyer I’m sure going to miss the Cathay lounge!

  • Richard says:

    It’s IB 3175 dep 10.50

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