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Customers flying with British Airways from Chicago will now depart from Terminal 3 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, rather than Terminal 5.

This move coincides with British Airways’ 70th anniversary of flying to Chicago, marking an important milestone in the airline’s lengthy history in the city.

The move of the airline’s departures to Terminal 3 will provide departing British Airways customers with an improved travel experience, including dedicated check-in counters and easier connections within the American Airlines network. Eligible guests will be allowed to use premium lounges such as the American Airlines Flagship® Lounge and Admirals Club® Lounge. The airline’s arrival service will resume at Terminal 5.

In addition, this summer, the airline will launch a third nonstop daily flight from Chicago to London Heathrow.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Chief Planning and Strategy Officer, said: “Having flown to Chicago for 70 years we are constantly looking to further improve our service. The introduction of our third daily service to London, and moving our departures to Terminal 3 alongside our Atlantic Joint Business partners, underscores our commitment to providing unparalleled service and convenience to our valued customers in Chicago.”

In addition to marking seven decades of connecting Chicago with London and beyond, the airline is saluting Regional Airport Manager Maureen McLafferty’s 40-year tenure with British Airways in Chicago. She said: “What an exciting way to mark our 70th year of flying to Chicago, and my fourth decade of working at British Airways, with the addition of a third daily flight and a move to this new home at O’Hare International Airport. We can’t wait for our customers to experience the benefits of this new terminal and the convenience of our co-location with American Airlines.”

All British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus flights will now depart from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Terminal 3. The move will also put British Airways closer to its oneworld partners, which include American Airlines, Iberia, and Japan Airlines, who are currently situated in Terminal 3.

British Airways has been a staple of Chicago’s aviation landscape since 1954, providing great service on routes to and from London Heathrow Airport. This summer, the airline will operate three nonstop flights from Chicago to London per day, using its cutting-edge Boeing 777 and 787 planes.

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