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British Airways chops three Southampton routes for Summer 2023 – what’s left?

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Some HfP readers may be surprised to know that British Airways runs a relatively large number of routes out of Southampton Airport.

The launch of these services got caught up in the pandemic (the original announcement was made in December 2020) so they have never had much of a promotional push. The initial route launches were, in many cases, heavily delayed or suspended altogether.

There is a full service planned for Summer 2023, although three routes have just been culled.

British Airways southampton

Southampton Airport was, as the picture below shows, a major Flybe base before the airline collapsed. The BA services are a welcome respite for the airport which lost virtually all of its scheduled services at that point, although many routes have been picked up by other airlines since.

The BA flights use the Embraer E190 aircraft which serve London City Airport during the week but have nothing to do when City is closed over the weekend.

Which routes were pulled last week?

Three routes from Southampton were cancelled for Summer 2023. The three routes used one aircraft, which will now be stationed elsewhere.

The cancelled routes are:

  • Florence
  • Ibiza
  • Nice

Which BA routes remain at Southampton for Summer 2023?

Here are the routes that remain.

Most routes operate between late April / mid May and late October on weekends only, albeit you can’t yet book to the end of the schedule.

British Airways chops three Southampton routes for Summer 2023

Some of the routes below only have one departure per week. You are locked into a seven night trip unless you fly back to a different British Airways airport or fly back to Southampton on a different airline.

  • Alicante
  • Bergerac
  • Dublin
  • Edinburgh
  • Faro
  • Limoges
  • Malaga
  • Mykonos
  • Palma

What routes does BA fly from Southampton over the Winter?

Not many, but there is some life!

  • Chambery
  • Edinburgh
  • Salzburg

Live in London?

Many Londoners have probably never flown from Southampton. It is, however, surprisingly easy.

You can get a direct train from London Waterloo to Southampton Airport Parkway station. You will be in the small terminal building within a couple of minutes.

Is there a lounge?

Yes. Here is our review of the Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport.

Is there Business Class?

Yes, Business Class is available. As these are Embraer aircraft with 2×2 seating, however, there is no ’empty middle seat’ benefit. You would get access to the Spitfire Lounge.


Flights are bookable as usual via, for cash or Avios.

There is a special page on for the Southampton routes here, although it has not been updated in some time and contains multiple closed routes.

The BA page on the Southampton Airport website does seem to be current.

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Comments (59)

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  • AngelaR says:

    “Is there a lounge? Yes?”

    Well, you’ll be lucky to find it open. Some days it does not open at all. On those days when it does open it just opens for a few hours. And the only way to find out whether or not it’s open is to trudge along that long dreary corridor – they haven’t put up any signs anywhere saying “lounge open” or “lounge closed”

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