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British Airways is the national airline of the United Kingdom and the largest full-service airline in the United Kingdom based on destinations and passengers served. The airline also owns two subsidiary airlines, BA CityFlyer and BA EuroFly. In terms of passengers carried, it's the second-largest airline in the United Kingdom (behind easyJet) but is the dominant airline for long-haul flights flying from the UK.

The airline is based at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and flies to over 200 destinations worldwide. While the airline mainly does intercontinental flights, it also has a strong route network in Europe and a domestic route network within the UK.

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Domestic Destinations

Aberdeen Aberdeen Airport (ABZ)
Belfast George Best Belfast City Airport (BFS)
Edinburgh Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
Glasgow Glasgow Airport (GLA)
Inverness Inverness Airport (INV)
Leeds Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA)
London London City Airport (LCY)
Manchester Manchester Airport (MAN)
Newcastle Newcastle Airport (NCL)

International Destinations

Albania Tirana Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza
Algeria Algiers Houari Boumediene Airport
Antigua and Barbuda St. John's V. C. Bird International Airport
Argentina Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Australia Sydney Sydney Airport
Austria Innsbruck Innsbruck Airport
Salzburg Salzburg Airport
Vienna Vienna International Airport
Bahamas Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport
Bahrain Manama Bahrain International Airport
Barbados Bridgetown Grantley Adams International Airport
Belgium Brussels Brussels Airport
Bermuda Hamilton L.F. Wade International Airport
Brazil Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport
São Paulo São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport
Bulgaria Sofia Sofia Airport
Canada Calgary Calgary International Airport
Montreal Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Toronto Toronto Pearson International Airport
Vancouver Vancouver International Airport
Cayman Islands George Town Owen Roberts International Airport
Chile Santiago Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport
China Beijing Beijing Daxing International Airport
Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Costa Rica San José Juan Santamaría International Airport
Croatia Dubrovnik Dubrovnik Airport
Pula Pula Airport
Zagreb Zagreb Airport
Cyprus Larnaca Larnaca International Airport
Paphos Paphos International Airport
Czech Republic Prague Václav Havel Airport Prague
Denmark Billund Billund Airport
Copenhagen Copenhagen Airport
Dominican Republic Punta Cana Punta Cana International Airport
Egypt Cairo Cairo International Airport
Finland Helsinki Helsinki Airport
France Bordeaux Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport
Chambéry Chambéry Airport
Figari Figari–Sud Corse Airport
Grenoble Alpes–Isère Airport
Limoges Limoges – Bellegarde Airport
Lyon Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport
Marseille Marseille Provence Airport
Montpellier Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport
Nantes Nantes Atlantique Airport
Nice Nice Côte d'Azur Airport
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Toulouse Toulouse–Blagnac Airport
Germany Berlin Berlin Tegel Airport
Cologne Cologne Bonn Airport
Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Airport
Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
Friedrichshafen Friedrichshafen Airport
Hamburg Hamburg Airport
Hanover Hannover Airport
Munich Munich Airport
Stuttgart Stuttgart Airport
Ghana Accra Kotoka International Airport
Gibraltar Gibraltar Gibraltar International Airport
Greece Athens Athens International Airport
Chania Chania International Airport
Kalamata Kalamata International Airport
Kefalonia Kefalonia International Airport
Mykonos Mykonos Airport
Santorini Santorini (Thira) International Airport
Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Airport
Zakynthos Zakynthos International Airport
Grenada St. George Maurice Bishop International Airport
Hong Kong SAR Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
Hungary Budapest Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
Iceland Reykjavík Keflavík International Airport
India Bangalore Kempegowda International Airport
Chennai Chennai International Airport
Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport
Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
Ireland Dublin Dublin Airport
Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport
Italy Bari Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport
Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport
Bologna Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
Brindisi Brindisi Airport
Cagliari Cagliari Elmas Airport
Catania Catania–Fontanarossa Airport
Genoa Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport
Milan Milan Linate Airport
Milan Malpensa Airport
Naples Naples International Airport
Palermo Falcone Borsellino Airport
Pisa Pisa International Airport
Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
Turin Turin Airport
Venice Venice Marco Polo Airport
Verona Verona Airport
Jamaica Kingston Norman Manley International Airport
Japan Osaka Kansai International Airport
Tokyo Haneda Airport
Narita International Airport
Jersey Jersey Jersey Airport
Jordan Amman Queen Alia International Airport
Kenya Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Kosovo Pristina Pristina International Airport
Kuwait Kuwait City Kuwait International Airport
Lebanon Beirut Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport
Luxembourg Luxembourg City Luxembourg Airport
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Maldives Malé Velana International Airport
Malta Valletta Malta International Airport
Mauritius Mahébourg Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
Mexico Cancún Cancún International Airport
Mexico City Mexico City International Airport
Morocco Marrakech Marrakesh Menara Airport
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Rotterdam Rotterdam The Hague Airport
Nigeria Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport
Norway Oslo Oslo Gardermoen Airport
Oman Muscat Muscat International Airport
Pakistan Islamabad Islamabad International Airport
Peru Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport
Poland Kraków Kraków John Paul II International Airport
Warsaw Warsaw Chopin Airport
Portugal Faro Faro Airport
Funchal Madeira Airport
Lisbon Lisbon Airport
Porto Porto Airport
Qatar Doha Hamad International Airport
Romania Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport
Russia Moscow Domodedovo International Airport
Sheremetyevo International Airport
Saint Kitts and Nevis Basseterre Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport
Saint Lucia Vieux Fort Hewanorra International Airport
Saudi Arabia Dammam King Fahd International Airport
Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport
Riyadh King Khalid International Airport
Seychelles Mahé Seychelles International Airport
Singapore Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
South Africa Cape Town Cape Town International Airport
Durban King Shaka International Airport
Johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport
South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport
Spain Alicante Alicante–Elche Airport
Barcelona Barcelona–El Prat Airport
Bilbao Bilbao Airport
Ibiza Ibiza Airport
Lanzarote Lanzarote Airport
Las Palmas Gran Canaria Airport
Madrid Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
Málaga Málaga Airport
Menorca Menorca Airport
Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Airport
Tenerife Tenerife South Airport
Valencia Valencia Airport
Sweden Gothenburg Göteborg Landvetter Airport
Stockholm Stockholm Arlanda Airport
Switzerland Geneva Geneva Airport
Zürich Zurich Airport
Switzerland France Germany Basel Mulhouse Freiburg EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain Piarco International Airport
Scarborough Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport
Tunisia Tunis Tunis–Carthage International Airport
Turkey Antalya Antalya Airport
Bodrum Milas–Bodrum Airport
Dalaman Dalaman Airport
Istanbul Istanbul Airport
Turks and Caicos Islands Providenciales Providenciales International Airport
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi International Airport
Dubai Dubai International Airport
United States Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Austin Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Baltimore Baltimore–Washington International Airport
Boston Logan International Airport
Charleston Charleston International Airport
Chicago Chicago O'Hare International Airport
Dallas Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Denver Denver International Airport
Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
Los Angeles Los Angeles International Airport
Miami Miami International Airport
Nashville Nashville International Airport
New Orleans Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
Newark Newark Liberty International Airport
New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport
Orlando Orlando International Airport
Philadelphia Philadelphia International Airport
Phoenix Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh International Airport
Portland Portland International Airport
San Diego San Diego International Airport
San Francisco San Francisco International Airport
San Jose San Jose International Airport
Seattle Seattle–Tacoma International Airport
Tampa Tampa International Airport
Washington, D.C. Washington Dulles International Airport

Route Map

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Carry-On Baggage

Passengers are given one item of free carry-on baggage and one free small personal item.

The free carry-on bag cannot exceed 23 kg in weight or 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm (22" x 17.7" x 9.8") in dimensions.

The free small personal item cannot exceed 23 kg in weight or 40 cm x 15 cm x 30 cm (15.7" x 5.9" x 11.8") in dimensions.

Checked Baggage

Passengers free checked baggage allowance will depend on the cabin class that the passenger is flying in. The table below details the free checked baggage allowance of each cabin class:

1 or 2 pieces of free checked baggage with a maximum weight of 23–32 kg, depending on the route flown. 2 pieces of free checked baggage with a maximum weight of 23 kg per bag on all flights. 2 pieces of free checked baggage with a maximum weight of 32 kg per bag on all flights. 3 items of free checked baggage with a maximum weight of 32 kg per bag on all flights.


Online Check-In

Passengers can check-in online for their flight on the British Airways online check-in page. Online check-in opens 24 hours before scheduled flight departure time.

Airport Check-In

Passengers that can't check-in online or are unable to check-in online can check-in at the airport. This can be done by visiting one of the airport check-in desks with the relevant travel documents. Airport check-in closing times differ depending on the airport of departure.

London Heathrow (LHR) Long-haul: 60 minutes
Short-haul: 45 minutes
London Gatwick (LGW) Long-haul: 60 minutes
Short-haul: 45 minutes
London City (LCY) 20 minutes for all flights
London Stansted (STN) 45 minutes for all flights
All other UK airports 45 minutes for all flights
Paris Orly (ORY) 45 minutes for all flights
Short-haul European airports Flights from AMS, BCN, IST, LIS, MAD, LIN, MXP, PMI, FRA:
60 minutes
All other flights: 45 minutes
Long-haul international flights Flights from Jeddah (JED): 90 minutes
All other flights: 60 minutes

Economy Class

British Airways Economy Class is differs depending on whether the flights are short-haul or long-haul.

Euro Traveller

Euro Traveller is Economy Class for flights within Europe and UK. It offers a comfortable cabin with leather seats, adjustable headrests, complimentary newspapers and LED mood lighting.

Euro Traveller is split into three different fare structures:

Basic —this includes an allocated seat and hand baggage. With this fare, you can add a checked bag for a fee or choose a seat.

Plus — Plus fare allows passengers to choose their seat for free 48 hours before departure, request flight changes on the departure date for free and a greater checked baggage allowance.

Plus Flex — Plus Flex is a suitable fare provides flexibility on ticket changes and allows passengers to choose where a seat up to an hour before the flight.

World Traveller

World Traveller is Economy Class for long-haul flights. Onboard a wide body plane, it offers a comfortable and spacious cabin with leather reclinable seats, complimentary meals and drinks, a personal entertainment system on all fares.

World Traveller is split into two fares:

Basic — includes carry-on baggage and a pre-allocated seat, perfect for light travel with no-frills.

Standard — includes checked baggage, seat selection and allows passengers to board earlier than the Basic fare.


Seats on British Airways flights are set out in a 3 x 3 x 3 configuration on long-haul flights and a 3 x 3 configuration on short-haul flights. Seats offer between 29–31" of pitch and 17" of width.

Premium Economy

Premium Economy Facilities

The British Airways Premium Economy Service is called World Traveller Plus and is only available on medium-haul and long-haul flights.

Passengers receive a quilt and cushion and can enjoy great in-flight entertainment with a selection of movies and films. Passengers can enjoy the same great menu that's in Economy Class but with alcoholic cocktails and mocktails added to the Premium Economy bar menu. Each passenger is given an amenity kit, which uses materials created from recycled plastic bottles. The kits include eyeshade, socks, pen, toothbrush, toothpaste and lip balm from Scaramouche & Fandango.

What Are Premium Economy Seats Like?

The service offers passengers increased reclination on seats, personal in-seat power sockets and a larger in-flight entertainment screen.

The seats in British Airways Premium Economy are approximately 18.5 inches in width and recline to a 38-inch pitch.

Business Class

British Airways Business Class service provides passengers with an excellent range of services to ensure they have the most enjoyable flight possible. The facilities offered onboard depend on whether the flight is long-haul or short-haul. For long-haul flights "Club World" flights passengers will be able to enjoy the best night's sleep possible onboard their BA flights. Passengers flying within Europe on "Club Europe" BA flights are guaranteed more comfort on board to help them relax on their European flight.

Business Class Facilities

BA's Club World passengers can expect three-course meals to suit every taste as well as a range of expertly chosen Old and New World wines. Each passenger's seat is equipped with a personal 10.4in flat screen so you never spend a moment bored on your flight. For Business Club Europe passengers, delicious meal options will be crafted to match the length of your flight.

What Are Business Class Seats Like?

Club World British Airways seats give personal space to stretch out in privacy and comfort. At night, seats will convert into a 183cm (72") fully flatbed. Passengers flying between London and New York on BA's Club World London City flights will be able to get the rest they need on board with a seat that converts into a fully flatbed. Power supplies are fitted to every seat to allow passengers to charge their electronic devices in-flight. Passengers in the airline's Club Europe cabin sit on contoured leather seats with 76.2cm (30") legroom and fully movable headrests.

First Class

First Class is the most luxurious of the British Airways travel classes. From a personal stylish suite to exclusive spa treatments and world-class meals, First Class ensures that passengers arrive at their destination in style. First Class is only available on long-haul flights.

First Class Facilities

Passengers flying from LHR and JFK are given access to The Concorde Room, BA's most luxurious departure lounge. The lounge offers passengers total intimacy with a private cabin and full waiter service.

In-flight, passengers can enjoy their own private suite and a fine-dining experience with crockery, cutlery and glassware. Passengers are also provided with soft cotton sleepwear and can pamper themselves with the airline's luxury Aromatherapy Associates products and Liberty of London amenity kit.

What Are First Class Seats Like?

British Airways First Class seats recline into a fully-flat bed with a luxurious quilted mattress, crisp white cotton duvet and pillows. Each seat gives 78" of pitch, 22" of width and has a power supply to allow passengers to charge their personal electronic devices.

In-Flight Entertainment

BA's in-flight entertainment is available on all long-haul international flights and offers a range of TVs, movies, music and games.


The TV shows on offer with British Airways are constantly being updated, but the airline currently offers a range of documentaries, BBC dramas, cartoons and sitcoms.


Offering action packed blockbusters as well as thought-provoking thrillers, British Airways has a excellent selection of films to suit every taste. As well as British films, the airline also shows a number of Hollywood movies.


British Airways high-speed WIFI is powered by .air, which allows passengers to browse the web with Chrome, Safari 1E11 and Edge.

British Airways WIFI allows you to choose from two different packages:

  • The 'browse package', which allows you to browse the web, access to your emails, and access to instant messaging.
  • The 'stream package', which allows you access to everything above plus gives the ability to stream music and videos

WIFI Prices

British Airways WIFI pricing starts at £4.99 GBP.


Meal Options

British Airways offer a variety of meals and snacks on board their flights, depending on the route and class flying.

Passengers travelling short-haul in Economy are offered food provided by Marks & Spencer to purchase , including sandwiches and sweet and savoury snacks. Passengers travelling short-haul in Premium Economy or Business are given complimentary meals based on the length of the flight as part of the Club Europe service.

Passengers travelling long-haul flights are offered complimentary food on all flights, with breakfast in the morning and a meal for either lunch or dinner and afternoon tea provided on select flights. All passengers are offered complimentary snacks and drinks in addition to this. Prior to the flight, passengers can check their booking to see what special meals can be reserved, purchased or upgraded to. This must be done between 30 days and 24 hours before flying.

Special Dietary Requirements

British Airways offer special meals for their flights for passengers who request them prior to flying. These meals must be ordered at least 24 hours before scheduled departure time, except for Kosher meals on flights departing from London Gatwick (LGW) which must be ordered at least 48 hours prior to departure. These are all the meal types that British Airways offer:

Drinks & Alcohol

British Airways offer a full drinks service, including alcoholic beverages, on most of their flights. These are available to purchase in any class, but long-haul flights will include a complimentary drink with their meal.

Frequent Flyer

British Airways' tiered loyalty programme, Executive Club, gives passengers access to special lounges and dedicated 'fast' queues. Passengers can collect Avios (points) every time that they fly with British Airways or purchase from one of its partners. The more Avios earned, the higher the level of membership passengers are awarded. The higher the level of membership, the more benefits passengers will receive.

Passengers can also use Avios to purchase or upgrade their flight on any British Airways flight or any member of the Oneworld alliance.

Airline Alliance


British Airways is a founding member of the world's third-biggest airline alliance, the Oneworld alliance. British Airways works closely with its Oneworld partner airlines to offer passengers a range of benefits for each airline. BA has a series of interline agreements with airline's within Oneworld that allows its passengers to fly to destinations beyond Britsh Airway's route network.

These are all the members of the Oneworld alliance:

This includes:

British Airways Codeshares

British Airways codeshares with the following airlines:

Aer Lingus

Air Berlin


American Airlines

Bangkok Airways

Cathay Pacific

China Eastern




Japan Airlines

LATAM Brasil



Qatar Airways

Royal Jordanian

S7 Airlines

TAAG Angola Airlines



The British Airways fleet includes a mix of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. This includes:

  • Airbus A318-100
  • A319-100
  • Airbus A320-200
  • Airbus A320neo
  • Airbus A321-200
  • Airbus A3210neo
  • Airbus A350-1000
  • Airbus A380-800
  • Boeing 747-400
  • Boeing 777-200
  • Boeing 777-200ER
  • Boeing 777-300ER
  • Boeing 777-9
  • Boeing 787-8
  • Boeing 787-9
  • Boeing 787-10

Overall, the airline has more than 250 aircraft within its fleet.

Hub Airport

London Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport is a major international airport in west London, England. Heathrow and is the hub airport for British Airways.

By passenger traffic, London Heathrow is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom, the busiest airport in Europe and within the top 10 busiest airports in the world. In 2018, it handled a record 80.1 million passengers.

Currently, British Airways is the only airline that fly to/from London Heathrow include Virgin Atlantic, Flybe, United Airlines, KLM, Air Canada, Scandinavian Airlines Ireland and more.

London Heathrow has a massive duty free sections and lots of other shops both landside and airside. London Heathrow was featured on our blog as one of the best places in the world for airport shopping.

london heathrow airport

Credit: Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz on Wikimedia Commons

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Pets, Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals on British Airways

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Are British Airways and American Airlines partners?

Yes, British Airways and American Airlines have been working together since 1999 as part of the oneworld® alliance consisting of over 10 major airlines including Alaska Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.

What is the baggage allowance for British Airways?

All tickets with British Airways include a free hand baggage allowance which includes a hand bag or a laptop-sized bag, as well as a cabin bag. It will also include a checked bag unless you are flying with a Basic fare ticket.

Hand bag - up to 40 x 30 x 15cm and up to 23kg

Cabin bag - up to 56 x 45 x 25cm and up to 23kg

Checked bag - up to 90 x 75 x 43cm and up to 23kg

How do I earn tier points with British Airways?

Every time you fly with British Airways or one of the oneworld® partners, you’ll collect tier points. There are four Executive Club tiers:

  • Blue Tier - this is unlocked as soon as you become an Executive Member with British Airways. You’ll also collect Avios points and have access to Member-Only offers
  • Bronze Tier - unlocked after 300 tier points have been attained and you have flown with British Airways on at least 2 eligible flights a year. There is also priority boarding available and free seat selection 7 days before departure
  • Silver Tier - unlocked at 600 points and at least 4 eligible flights a year with British Airways. You’ll gain access to the business lounges and extra baggage allowance
  • Gold Tier - unlocked at 1500 points and at least 4 eligible flights a year with British Airways. This includes First Class check in and boarding
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