British Airways has extended the temporary suspension of flights from London Heathrow to Tokyo Haneda until late May 2022.
BA had suspended the route for the winter season. It was due to resume on Wednesday 30 March 2022. The route will now resume from Sunday 29 May 2022 at the earliest.
Flights beyond this date have been taken off sale until Monday 31 October, which suggests the suspension will be extended further.
Update Monday 4 April: The route is now suspended until Sunday 30 October 2022.
Russian Airspace Closure
The closure of Russian airspace means that airlines are required to reroute flights between Europe and Japan.
BA’s joint business Japan Airlines is currently flying between London Heathrow and Tokyo using airspace over Greenland and Alaska.
This extends the journey time from around 11 hours to over 15 hours. At a time of rising fuel prices, this significantly increases the operating cost of the flight as well as the time it takes an aircraft to complete a round trip. BA has no doubt decided it is not economic to restart the route.
It is unlikely that Russian airspace will reopen to Western airlines in the medium term, so the period of suspension could well be extended.
Passengers whose flights have been cancelled and still wish to travel to Tokyo can be re-accommodated on Japan Airlines.
BA’s codeshare with Japan Airlines is currently suspended and is due to resume on Sunday 27 March. Alternatively, passengers are entitled to a full refund.