BA100: 50. Former British Airways Routes

100 Years Of British Airways: Medium and long-haul destinations no longer served by BA.

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British Airways, "The World's Favourite Airline", 1983.
British Airways, “The World’s Favourite Airline”, 1983.

This article was first published in the summer of 2019 as part of a 100 part series on the history of BA and its predecessor airlines. You can read the full series in numerical order, by theme or by decade.

There are now very many destinations in the world no longer served BA.

Some route suspensions were prompted by economic events such as the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s. Geopolitical events and security concerns have also caused a number of suspensions, notably Baghdad and Basra.

Many former routes were 1/2/3 stop flights which are now more economically served by connections to alliance and codeshare partners. BA also suspended a very large number of former BMED/bmi routes after its acquisition in 2012.

However, if there is one lesson history has shown, don’t ever rule out a return. Aided by more slots at Heathrow and new aircraft many former routes such as Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur, Osaka, Pittsburgh, Santiago and The Seychelles have returned. Another former route, Dammam, returns later this year.

Medium and long-haul routes suspended by BA since its formation in 1974 include (minus a few omissions no doubt!):

North America

Anchorage, Charlotte, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Oakland. BOAC and BA used to fly to Tokyo via Anchorage:

Central & South America

Bogota, Caracas, San Juan


Abidjan, Addis Ababa, Agadir, Banjul, Casablanca, Dar es Salaam, Douala, Entebbe, Freetown, Gaborone, Harare, Khartoum, Kinshasa, Lilongwe, Luanda, Lusaka, Luxor, Monrovia.

The Middle East & Asia

Almaty, Baghdad, Baku, Basra, Bishkek, Damascus, Dhaka, Jakarta, Karachi, Manila, Nagoya, Taipei, Tbilisi, Tehran, Yerevan


Amritsar, Kolkatta

Australia & New Zealand

Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Melbourne, Perth

You can read the full series from our 100 part series on the history of BA in numerical order, by theme or by decade.

3 thoughts on “BA100: 50. Former British Airways Routes”

  1. I’ve really enjoyed the BA100 series of post and am very grateful for the time and effort it must have required to compile them.

    On this post (and also on the recent post about India), may I suggest that Dhaka should not be catergorised as India (maybe South Asia instead) as it is in Bangladesh.

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