British Airways Suspends Flights To Mainland China

British Airways has suspended its daily flights from London Heathrow to Beijing and Shanghai until mid-April 2020.

London Air Travel » British Airways » British Airways Disruption » British Airways Suspends Flights To Mainland China

Beijing Daxing International Airport
Beijing Daxing International Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has suspended all flights from London Heathrow airport to mainland China.

This follows UK Government advice against all but essential travel to mainland China in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

BA has suspended its daily service to Beijing Daxing International airport (flights BA39/BA38) and Shanghai Pu Dong International airport (flights BA169/BA168).

BA currently plans to resume flights from London Heathrow to Shanghai on Saturday 18 April 2019. 

Flights will initially operate three times weekly, from Heathrow on Monday, Thursday and Saturday until Sunday 31 May 2020. The return operates to Heathrow on the next day.

BA also plans to resume flights from London Heathrow to Beijing Daxing on Sunday 19 April 2019. Flights will initially operate four times weekly, from Heathrow on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until 31 May 2020. The return operates to Heathrow on the next day.

Passengers whose flights have been cancelled are entitled to a refund, or to rebook to a later date.

BA is also re-accommodating passengers on its alliance and codeshare partners such as Finnair, China Southern Airlines and Qatar Airways. However, it should be noted that Finnair has substantially reduced its flights to China.

Hong Kong

BA will continue to fly to Hong Kong once daily up to Monday 1 June.

Passengers due to travel to Hong Kong up to Sunday 31 May 2020 can either rebook to a later date or obtain a full refund.

However, if you are due to transit through Hong Kong to an international destination, such as in Australia, you cannot re-route via another hub, such as Singapore.

Passengers who are originally booked to travel to/from mainland China can also rebook to/from Hong Kong. However, any consequential costs will be at passengers’ expense.

However, for passengers intending to travel on to mainland China, BA’s Oneworld alliance and codeshare partner Cathay Pacific has also significantly reduced flights to mainland China by in excess of 50%.

Cathay Pacific has also advised that the in-flight service on flights between Hong Kong and mainland China will be temporarily modified with a truncated meal service in all classes. Amenities such as hot towels and blankets will also not be offered.

Given the fluid nature of the situation, the scope and length of cancellations may be extended.

Passengers can check the status of their booking using the Manage My Booking tool on ba.com and should contact BA or their travel agent.

One thought on “British Airways Suspends Flights To Mainland China”

We welcome any thoughts and comments below: