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Abu Dhabi Returns to British Airways’ Route Map


British Airways will launch daily flights to Abu Dhabi next year, following a four-year hiatus.

Available to book, the route will begin operating on 20 April 2024, serving the UAE’s capital on a year-round basis from London Heathrow.

Famous for its towering architecture, rich culture, desert landscapes, magnificent beaches and world-class attractions, this Middle Eastern metropolis is enjoyed by those looking for an eclectic mix of culture, relaxation and adventure.

The new flight will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 aircraft in summer 2024 and will boost connectivity to the UAE as it joins flights to neighbouring Dubai, which operate up to three-times daily from Heathrow.

To celebrate the launch, British Airways is offering return fares from £449 in World Traveller (economy) and £1,999 in Club World (business class), available to book before 12 November 2023. Executive Club Members will be able to purchase Reward Seats from £100 + 50,000 Avios.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: “Abu Dhabi is a unique destination that is making a very welcome return to our network. With a blend of beach, city and desert, it has everything our customers are looking for in a Middle Eastern trip, and we look forward to welcoming them back on board as we grow our footprint in the UAE.”

Maureen Bannerman, Abu Dhabi Airports Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We’re delighted to welcome British Airways back to Abu Dhabi International Airport, adding to the growing list of leading carriers set to use Terminal A as their operational base in Abu Dhabi. A luxurious new gateway to Abu Dhabi, Terminal A will open to the public from November 1st, offering state-of-the-art facilities for both passengers and airlines.”

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) from London Heathrow (LHR)

All times are local

Season: Summer ‘24
Flight number: BA73           
Departing LHR: 22:25
Arriving AUH: 08:30+1
Flight number: BA72
Departing AUH: 10:10
Arriving LHR: 15:20
Winter ‘24
Flight number: BA73           
Departing LHR: 22:25
Arriving AUH: 09:30+1
Flight number: BA72
Departing AUH: 11:10
Arriving LHR: 15:20

Those looking for holiday packages can enjoy a wide selection from British Airways Holidays, which include deposits from just £60pp, ATOL protection, a 24-hour helpline and 23kg baggage allowance as standard, including:

Seven nights at the 4.5* Southern Sun Abu Dhabi from £689pp on a bed and breakfast basis, travelling in June 2024. Includes World Traveller (economy) return flights from London Heathrow Airport and checked luggage at 23kg per person. Book by 12 November 2023 at

About British Airways’ flight network

As the UK’s national flag carrier, British Airways serves more than 190 destinations across more than 65 countries, including routes with its partnership airlines. The airline proudly offers customers flights to more destinations from London than any other carrier.

British Airways customers have access to one of the world’s most extensive flight networks, both domestically and internationally, offering flights to and from central airports at convenient times. It operates out of three major London airports: London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London City, and serves up to 26 destinations in the US alone.

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