British Airways Suspends Long-Haul Routes

British Airways has permanently suspended a large number of long-haul routes in response to COVID-19.

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image Credit: British Airways)
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has permanently suspended a large number of long-haul routes.

It was inevitable that due to COVID-19 marginal long-haul routes would be at risk of suspension. Many of these routes are Boeing 787 routes and, due to the retirement of the Boeing 747 and grounding of many other aircraft, these aircraft have been reallocated to other routes.

By region, BA’s weakest markets in Asia and the Middle East bear the brunt of route suspensions.

Some airports such as Pittsburgh have wanted to secure a BA service for some time. It is also disappointing to see years of network growth reversed.

The following routes are suspended permanently with effect from Sunday 28 March 2021 at the latest, unless otherwise stated. All routes are from London Heathrow, unless otherwise stated.

North America

Calgary

Charleston

Pittsburgh

Central & South America

Lima (from Gatwick)

Africa

Durban

Indian Ocean

The Seychelles (from 24 April 2021)

Middle East

Abu Dhabi

Damman

Jeddah (occasional flights may still operate for Hajj in July 2021)

Muscat

Asia

Kuala Lumpur (from 28 March 2021)

Osaka

Seoul

In addition, flights to Bangkok, San Jose (Costa Rica – from Gatwick) and Sydney are suspended until 30 October 2021. The last service to San Jose will operate on 17 April 2021.

Flights to Accra, Doha and Islamabad will also transfer from Heathrow to Gatwick from Sunday 28 March 2021.

As ever, in the current climate, further changes cannot be ruled out. There are also many destinations not listed above that are not yet operating and their return depends on the easing of travel restrictions.

Passengers whose flights have been cancelled are entitled to a full refund. Where, possible passengers can also be re-acommodated on alternative BA flights with connections to BA’s codeshare partners such as American Airlines, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways.

Any passengers who have booked with BA to fly to Kuala Lumpur from 28 March 2021 can be re-accommodated on Malaysia Airlines flights from London Heathrow.

Passengers due to fly to fly to Bangkok or Seoul can be re-accomodated on BA (up to 28 March 2021) or Malaysia Airlines (from 28 March 2021) services to Kuala Lumpur with onward connections on Malaysia Airlines to their final destination.

Affected passengers should check the status of their bookings using the Manage My Booking tool on ba.com and should contact BA or their travel agent.

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