British airways have announced the permanent end to flights to 13 long-haul destinations, including Kuala Lumpur, and the temporary suspension of flights to three destinations including Bangkok.
Like most airlines, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused British Airways serious financial and logistical issues. In July the airline announced that it was retiring its entire fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft with immediate effect. Until the pandemic, the 31 strong fleet of 747’s was the largest in the world.
“We are sorry that, like other airlines, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic and global travel restrictions we are operating a reduced and dynamic schedule.”
“We will be in touch with any customers whose flights are affected and advise customers to check ba.com for the latest flight information.”British Airways Statement
British Airways flights to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok will end at the end of March 2021. The Bangkok route is due to restart from October 2021 but there are no plans for the KL route to return.
This will limit options for UK travellers wanting to travel direct to Southeast Asia with just Eva Air and Thai Airways continuing to fly to Bangkok and Malaysia Airlines flying to Kuala Lumpur.
Other routes that are being axed permanently are Abu Dhabi, Calgary, Charleston, Dammam, Durban, Jeddah, Lima, Muscat, Osaka, Pittsburgh, Seoul and the Seychelles.
Other routes that are being suspended but will return later in 2021 are San Jose in Costa Rica and Sydney.
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