Welcome to our 100 part series on the history of BA and its predecessor airlines.
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
More To Read From BA100:
- BA100: 26. British Airtours Flight 28M
- BA100: 27. Imperial Airways’ Silver Wing Service
- BA100: 28. BOAC Presents “Tomorrow Is Theirs”
- BA100: 29. Flight BA38
- BA100: 30. “Opportunities” (2009)
- BA100: 31. The Iberia Merger
- BA100: 32. The Landor Livery
- BA100: 33. Swift, Silent, Serene, The BOAC VC10
- BA100: 34. Flight BA149, The Last Flight To Kuwait
- BA100: 35. Project Utopia, The World Tailfins
- BA100: 36. The Friendly Independent, bmi British Midland
- BA100: 37. Gatwick “The Hub Without The Hubbub”
- BA100: 38. Competing Against Low-Cost Airlines
- BA100: 39. The Airbus A380 Aircraft
- BA100: 40. Not Everything Ages Well