British Airways has suspended its route from London Heathrow to Bangkok.
Passenger flights to Bangkok have been suspended since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. A large number of cargo flights have operated.
The route was due to return on a winter seasonal basis from Sunday 30 October 2022. It is now suspended. This was expected as flights had been taken off sale in advance of the route being cancelled.
This brings to an end almost 85 years of passenger flights to Bangkok, dating back to BA’s predecessor airline Imperial Airways.
Whilst there is strong cargo demand from Bangkok, it is seen as a low yield passenger route. There is a lot of competition from airlines flying non-stop and via rival hubs in the Middle East.
It is no exaggeration to say COVID-19 has decimated BA’s route network to Asia. This is a region where the airline has long struggled, partly due to geography, competition, and a lack of partner airlines.
Kuala Lumpur, Osaka and Seoul are suspended permanently. Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo are not operating. This leaves just India and Singapore at Heathrow.
Passengers whose flights are cancelled are entitled to a full refund.
BA does offer a codeshare to Bangkok with Qatar Airways via Doha. It has also offered those whose flights are cancelled to date a rerouting on Finnair via Stockholm.
It is possible that further rebooking options may become available in the coming weeks.