British Airways suspends flights to 13 routes

British Airways suspends flights to thirteen international routes next year including Kuala Lumpur. The airline does not expect international travel to return the pre-pandemic levels until 2023.

Thirteen Routes Permanently Axed

British Airways will permanently axe thirteen routes next year according to information provided to trade parners.

The routes axed from British Airways network from Summer 2021

  • Pittsburgh
  • Calgary
  • Charleston
  • Dammam
  • Durban
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Jeddah
  • Lima
  • Muscat
  • Osaka
  • Pittsburgh
  • Seoul
  • Seychelles

It was no surprise that Osaka was removed as frequencies to the Japanese city was reduced before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is a big loss for South Korea as British Airways resume services just eight years ago.

Three Cities Temporary Halt

British Airways will also temporarily halt flights to three cities:

  • Sydney
  • Bangkok
  • San Jose

The airline plans to reinstate operations from November 2021.

British Airways suspends flights to 13 routes

British Airways Suspends Flights to Kuala Lumpur

Flights between Kuala Lumpur to London will be cut from British Airways network. The airline previously had a 14-year gap in service before reinstating flights in March 2015.

The Kuala Lumpur route was suspended for six months in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, operations restarted in October 2020.

British Airways final flight from Kuala Lumpur to London will depart on 28 March 2021.

Singapore Retains Double Daily Flights

Flights between Singapore and London will retain double daily throughout Summer 2021. This route is operated as an extension to Sydney in normal times.

RouteDaysFlight No. DepartArrive
London – SingaporeDailyBA1119551605+1
London – SingaporeDailyBA1521301745+1
Singapore – LondonDailyBA1622350505+1
Singapore – LondonDailyBA1223150550+1

The flights will be operated using Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 787-900 with four cabin classes available.

British Airways operated one of its latest Boeing 777-300ER with Club Suite Business Class cabin and new enclosed First Class on the Singapore route recently. We are hoping to see this becoming a regular occurrence as it expands its fleet with new products.

British Airways Club Suite
British Airways Club Suite

Cost Cutting

In summer this year, British Airways has made 10,000 staff redundant, to cut cost and limit the burning of cash reserves as passenger numbers collapsed.

The airline reported losses of £4 billion in the first half of this year. The current losses outstrip the 2008 financial crisis and 2001 September 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

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