NEWS: BA Gatwick long haul schedules confirmed, Bermuda open, Thailand could open by August, and new AA London route

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BA first Gatwick long haul schedules confirmed and Bermuda open

Yesterday I wrote about BA’s plans to move all its short haul services from Gatwick to Heathrow until September as well as cancel some long haul routes. Today, British Airways has confirmed its schedule for long haul flights from Gatwick for July and August. 

Here is the schedule:

London Gatwick – Bermuda eff 17 JUL 20 2 weekly 
London Gatwick – Bridgetown eff 18 JUL 20 2 weekly 
London Gatwick – Kingston eff 20 JUL 20 2 weekly 
London Gatwick – St. Lucia
eff 2 5JUL 20 1 weekly


A quick look on SeatSpy shows there is good Avios availability for Bermuda for August in all classes. There’s more good news as Bermuda opened to international tourists today. There are a number of restrictions such as the usual COVID test which you can find here. 


Thailand could open by August

Railay Beach in Krabi, Thailand

On 25 June 2020, the Government of Thailand approved a draft plan to allow international tourists to return to Thailand, potentially from 1 August 2020. 

Thailand’s draft plan includes three phases of reopening:

  1. Phase One: Business travelers, investors, skilled workers, people with Thai family members, teachers, etc.
  2. Phase Two: Medical tourism travelers 
  3. Phase Three: General tourists

Here are the proposed timelines:

  • Phase 1: 1 July 
  • Phase 2: 1 July 
  • Phase 3: 1 August

On 30 June the government confirmed that phases one and two would go ahead from 1 July. As yet, I have not seen any further confirmation of when phase three may begin but the timelines look encouraging. As these seem to very last minute decisions, I would not expect to hear anything until closer to 1 August. 


New AA London route

Seattle Skyline at Sunset with Space needle

According to Twitter, among all the other route rejigging, American Airlines are due to launch a new route from London Heathrow to Seattle starting from summer 2021. AA are due to move into Terminal 5 at Heathrow alongside British Airways from 7 July 2020. As yet they have not announced plans for lounge use for AA passengers. American is only flying from London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Fort Worth, Miami and New York JFK until October 2020 when they plan to introduce more routes.


2 Comments on "NEWS: BA Gatwick long haul schedules confirmed, Bermuda open, Thailand could open by August, and new AA London route"

  1. David Ewing | 2 July 2020 at 3:38 pm |

    Great source for info on the confused airline picture. Am due to fly to Mauritius in September has anyone heard any rumous abot routes opening? Balance of booking due at the end of July. Any info, sources and updates would be very welcome.

  2. mr clayton powers | 2 July 2020 at 6:06 pm |

    You can see that the good people at AA have been paying close attention to the “mostly peaceful / shot dead” goings on in Seattle. Maybe the idea is to offer us Brits a holiday jaunt to a warzone as they no no American would go near the place with a ten foot barge poll

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