From 12 July, all long-haul flights currently operating from T3 – to destinations including Barbados, Buenos Aires, Las Vegas and Orlando – will return to T5 . Many short-haul flights, in particular to central Europe and the former Yugoslavia, will also move.
News of the change was broken by the frequent flyer site Head for Points. The editor, Rob Burgess, said: “There is something a little odd about this. The changes are happening quickly – passengers will get just 14 days notice in some cases.”
Normally changes of terminal are made at the “seasonal boundaries” in late October and late March. The short notice may mean that some passengers with existing bookings will mistakenly turn up at Terminal 3.
Mr Burgess said: “It also makes little sense in terms of trying to manage queues and lounge capacity in Terminal 5.”
A spokesperson for British Airways said: “As part of a planned Heathrow terminal move with our airline partners, all our long-haul flights and more than half of our short-haul flights that currently operate out of Terminal 3 will be moving to Terminal 5 from 12 July.
“We’re proactively letting customers know and recommend they check their booking on ba.com prior to travel.”
BA has made around 15,000 planned flight cancellations so far this summer, and it appears the airline can fit almost its entire Heathrow operation into a single terminal.
Its partners Iberia and American Airlines have substantial presences at Terminal 5 currently. But the Flyertalk forum is reporting: “American Airlines will consolidate all AA LHR operations Terminal 3 effective July 1, 2022.”
The Independent is seeking comment from American Airlines.
Links from Terminal 3 have traditionally been those with the smallest proportion of connecting traffic to other BA routes. An “airside” bus connection or “landside” rail connection is required by passengers with transfers to and from Terminal 5.
Long haul flights moving from T3 to T5
(* Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo are currently operated as a single service)