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Orlando: British Airways cancelling Heathrow service, adding extra Gatwick flights

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British Airways has announced a shake-up of its services to Orlando in Florida.

The Heathrow service is being scrapped from December until April 2023 with extra Gatwick services launched instead. The two will overlap for a few weeks.

These changes were not reflected at last night but may be there this morning. It isn’t clear if we will see the usual 14 Avios seats per flight opened up on the additional Gatwick services but it seems likely.

British Airways Orlando flights move to Gatwick Airport

What is happening with British Airways flights to Orlando?

British Airways has decided to terminate the Heathrow to Orlando service from 2nd December for the rest of the Winter season.

Flights from 2nd December onwards are still bookable on at the time of writing, but by the time you read this they may have been pulled. It is due to return in April.

Additional Gatwick to Orlando services will operate for the Winter season.

The extra services starts on 30th October at six flights per week, with Tuesday flights added from 15th November.

There will be a crossover period during November when both the Heathrow and Gatwick services are operating on the same days. From 2nd December, Orlando will only be served from Gatwick.

What are the flight times?

The existing Heathrow service departs at 12.05, arriving in Florida at 16.55. The return flight leaves at 18.55, landing in Heathrow at 08.00.

The extra Gatwick flights will depart earlier at 11.25, arriving at 16.15. The return flight leaves at 18.15, arriving into Gatwick at 07.20.

The only exception is Tuesday, when it will depart at 13.00 and arrive at 17.50 from 29th November. The return will leave at 20.05, landing at 09.10.

British Airways Gatwick Airport Orlando flights

Will passengers be moved automatically from Heathrow to Gatwick flights?

It is very likely, yes, if you are booked for travel from 2nd December. You may be allowed some flexibility to change your dates which could be helpful if your original dates were not exactly what you wanted.

Will Avios seats open up on the extra Gatwick flights?

By the time you read this the answer might be clear, but I would suspect that they will.

This is NOT a straight swap of a flight from Heathrow to Gatwick, and as a new service British Airways would be obliged to open up 14 Avios seats per flight.

The fact that the flight numbers are different (BA205/BA204 become BA2037/BA2036) and, for a few weeks in November, both services operate simultaneously, are good reasons to argue that this is a ‘new’ service and not a transfer between airports.

If you keen to redeem your Avios for an Orlando trip this Winter then you may find Avios seats wide open today, even for Christmas, New Year and February half term.

Remember that British Airways guarantees to release 4 x Club World business class, 2 x World Traveller Plus and 8 x World Traveller seats per flight. You won’t get the new Club Suite seat in Business Class as this is not available from London Gatwick.

Note that, if the additional Gatwick flights are not bookable by the time you read this, I would expect them to open up during Wednesday.

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Comments (95)

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  • Nv1 says:

    I am booked for LHR – MCO on Nov 29, returning MCO – LHR on Dec 14

    In light of this news, what will happen with the return flight?

  • AdamC91 says:

    Am booked LHR-MCO on 23 Nov, returning MCO-LHR on 5 Dec… really hoping that I can move my BA package to MAN-MCO on 22 Nov, returning MCO-MAN on 5 Dec with EI! Is this something they would do? Not sure how it would affect the price of the package given it’s an extra night

  • Jonny Price says:

    Note the context to BA’s Orlando route here – pre Covid it was a Gatwick only route (daily year-round, plus additional services in the summer season). During Covid the daily year-round service moved to Heathrow (alongside the year-round services to Barbados and Bermuda), with the additional seasonal frequencies remaining at Gatwick.

    This is just a swap of the Covid schedule – where the year-round service has returned to Gatwick, but additional services still operate at Heathrow. I would assume that all BA Orlando services will consolidate at Gatwick when Heathrow returns to full capacity. Should Virgin return to Gatwick, I’d expect their London to Orlando route to return to Gatwick as part of that.

  • Patrick says:

    Our flights still showing for EDI-LHR-MCO on 4th Feb. 23.

    Nothing loaded yet for LGW-MCO it seems.

  • Jackie says:

    I am booked Edinburgh Heathrow Orlando 23 Feb returning 3rd March. I am economy going out and club world coming back. Will I still be able to fly from Edinburgh ? Also if there is no club suite (not sure what this is) at Gatwick can I change to economy for my return flight. No point paying the massive difference without the perks.

    • Rob says:

      You are a bit stuck to be honest. You can’t downgrade if it’s a cash ticket – you’d need to take refund and rebook the whole trip which will probably cost far more then you paid originally. An Avios seat can be downgraded if there are seats in Economy for Avios.

  • JACKIE says:


    • Rob says:

      Yes. All direct flights on BA from Orlando will move to Gatwick from 2nd December until at least 31st March.

  • Tom says:

    Just had email through notifying me of seat changes, and MMB now showing cancellation and switch to Gatwick. It looks like an aircraft swap from to 77S with old Club World ying-yang based on the AeroLOPA seat maps.

    Annoyingly, BA haven’t swapped me i to the rear twin WT seats I’d paid for – what’s the best way to contact them right now? It’s suggesting I’d have to pay extra to sit in there, which seems unfair having already paid for them on the previous plane!

    • Ella says:

      I had the same issue, paid for twin but upon the change to Gatwick put in an a row of 3 and the website trying to charge me extra to move back to my original seats. Took an hour to get through on the phone but they moved them for me (after initially insisting I never booked twin seats as what I paid was for “standard” so they seemed to suggest the price was incorrect when we booked)

  • PaulD says:

    Yes I’m the same automatic swap to Gatwick on same day pending my acceptance. I travel down to LHR from Aberdeen the night before and now have to get across London- would BA now be liable for this?
    I return to Heathrow on April 6 but no word so far of this one being changed, would be great if it stayed

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