American Airlines Ups Usage Of Heathrow Terminal 5 This Summer

Beginning on March 27, American Airlines will further expand its presence in London Heathrow International Airport’s (LHR) Terminal 5. It will co-locate up to 11 daily flights making a more seamless experience for customers connecting with oneworld partners like British Airways and Iberia.

Which flights will be impacted?

Between March 27 and October 30, American Airlines flights between London Heathrow and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), and New York (JFK) will arrive and depart from Terminal 5. American Airlines operates its Boeing B777-200 and -300 fleet on these flights, having nearly 126,000 seats available in March 2022.

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American also flies to London from Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Raleigh-Durham. Still, these flights will not be impacted and will continue to arrive and depart from Heathrow’s Terminal 3. From these cities, American Airlines is offering 93,500 seats in March.

This is not the first time American Airlines repositions some flights across to Terminal 5. In 2020, it moved four services from these same cities.

Jose Freig, American’s Vice President of International Operations and Premium Guest Services, said,

“London is a critical gateway for our customers traveling around the world. By co-locating alongside our partners in Terminal 5, our joint customers will enjoy unprecedented convenience when connecting. We look forward to further integrating our operations this summer, both in the United States and London, as we aim to continue elevating our customers’ experience.”

The Atlantic Joint Business moves forward

Moving some of American Airlines flights to Heathrow’s Terminal 5 bring the Atlantic Joint Business partners, including Iberia, even closer together, said American.

Earlier this year, American Airlines and British Airways unveiled their plans to co-locate operations at JFK’s Terminal 8, beginning on December 1, 2022.

Between British Airways and American Airlines, they will operate 14 daily departures a day between London and New York City.

Once both carriers move to Terminal 8 at JFK New York, they will be able to offer customers a better transfer experience. They will also enable travelers to fly to more than 30 destinations across the US, Caribbean, and Latin America, said Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances.


American Airlines Boeing 777-223(ER) N779AN

American Airlines offers nearly 126,000 seats between LHR, DFW, LAX, MIA, and JFK. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

How’s American Airlines currently doing?

American Airlines is operating 170,335 flights in March 2022, offering over 20.6 million seats worldwide. It is the world’s largest airline by scheduled flights, according to data provided by OAG.

Nevertheless, compared to March 2019, American Airlines is still offering 14.3% fewer flights and 7.5% fewer seats, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, according to data provided by Cirium.

Last month, the airline said in a filing with the Securities Exchange Committee,

“While demand for domestic and short-haul international markets has largely recovered to 2019 levels, uncertainty remains regarding the timing of a full recovery. American will continue to match its forward capacity with observed booking trends for future travel and make further adjustments to American’s capacity as needed.”

What do you think about American Airlines moving a few of its flights to Heathrow’s Terminal 5? Let us know in the comments below.


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