NEWS: New BA routes and cheap flights, American moves some T3 flights and Manchester terminals change

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BA CityFlyer new routes and cheap flight offer to Amsterdam

BA Cityflyer has announced three new routes for summer 2022, each with a weekly rotation, as below. This is great news for those living near Southampton and for those in Scotland who will be able to fly straight to the Channel Islands (I highly recommend Jersey for a short break).

  • Southampton to Dublin: 14 May – 30 October 2022 on Sundays (Dublin to Southampton on Saturdays). From £27 each way
  • Edinburgh to Guernsey: 18 June to 24 September 2022 on Saturdays. From £36 each way
  • Edinburgh to Jersey: 18 June – 24 September 2022. On Saturdays. From £39 each way

You can buy flights with cash or Avios here.

Flight offer Amsterdam

amsterdam

If you fancy trying out the new BA subsidiary and flying from Gatwick South again, British Airways offers flights from London Gatwick (LGW) to Amsterdam (AMS) from £69 back in savingsdeparting from Gatwick on Tuesday 29 March 2022. This will be the first day of operation from Gatwick under British Airways’ new short-haul subsidiary.

You can check prices and book here.

American Airlines moves more Heathrow flights to T5

American airline B777-200

Throughout the summer season, American Airlines will move up to 11 daily flights to Heathrow Terminal 5, providing more convenient connections for customers traveling on Atlantic Joint Business partner British Airways and other aglobal partners

From March 27 to October 30, 2022, American Airlines will further expand its presence at Terminal 5 at London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) by collocating up to 11 daily flights for the summer season. Moving routes are flights to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX) and Miami (MIA). New York (JFK) is already located at Heathrow. All these flights will now arrive and depart from Terminal 5.

While I understand the principle, I am really concerned about the capacity of the lounges in Terminal 5. We currently have Qatar which is also there temporarily and with all the offers and changes made by BA such as free access to the lounge on certain BA holidays, I think we might have very busy lounges during the summer. However, BA recently announced that some long-haul routes will be upgraded to T3, which will help.

“London is an essential gateway for our customers traveling around the world,” said Jose Freig, vice president of international operations and premium guest services at American. “By co-locating alongside our partners in Terminal 5, our joint customers will enjoy unprecedented convenience when connecting. We look forward to continuing the integration of our operations this summer, both in the US and in London as we aim to continue to improve the experience for our customers.”

American’s flights between London and Boston (BOS), Charlotte (CLT), Chicago (ORD), Philadelphia (PHL), Phoenix (PHX) and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU), will continue to arrive and from LHR Terminal 3.

Changes to Manchester Terminal

Manchester T3

Manchester Terminal 3 is due to reopen for the summer season on March 27 2o22. Terminal 3 is the smallest of the terminals and was built primarily for BA flights. If you’ve never flown from Manchester, I wouldn’t recommend it unless you really have no other choice. With the worst security and passenger experience in the UK in my experience, this is likely to get significantly worse as they are seriously understaffed before they even open another terminal. There have been a number of incidents where the security queues lasted well over an hour and many people missed flights. Oddly enough, this was already happening the last time I visited in November, but seems to be an ongoing issue.

BA will return to Terminal 3 and Gatwick-Manchester flights are also expected to start at this point. At this time it is believed that the BA Lounge will not reopen which means you are stuck with the Escape Lounge. I was not too impressed with my visit in November. It was pretty much a standard, crowded third party lounge.

BA will be joined in Terminal Three by Alderney, Blue Islands, Eastern Airways, Loganair and Ryanair.

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