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 here, or by theme here.
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!):
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
Australia & New Zealand
Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Melbourne, Perth