China Southern Airlines has temporarily moved into Heathrow T5 this week, joining an increasing number of carriers in BA’s hub terminal.

The carrier switched from T2 to T5 effective from August 5.

With Heathrow having condensed its operations down to just two terminals (T2 and T5), the airport has been gradually shuffling operations as flights resume.

American Airlines moved into T5 at the start of July, with Qatar Airways following suit on July 27, and Japan Airlines also having made the switch.

Along with British Airways, all of these carriers are members of Oneworld (as well as Iberia which is also operating from T5), but China Southern is a former Skyteam member which is currently unaligned to an alliance.

However last year the carrier signed a new joint business agreement with British Airways, and also launched reciprocal lounge access with American Airlines.

British Airways has confirmed that eligible Japan Airlines customers will have access to BA’s reopened lounges at the terminal (as has been the case with AA and Qatar Airways).

It’s not clear whether eligible China Southern passengers will also enjoy this privilege – Business Traveller has contacted both BA and China Southern and will post any response here.,