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Yesterday, a letter sent out by Mark Muren, BA’s head of global sales, gave a very strong indication that the airline was about to start canceling a significant number of its routes following England’s descent into its second lockdown of the year. Now, courtesy of a document shared with another blog, we know that at least 46 routes will be suspended during the coming month with a number of suspensions kicking in as of tomorrow.
Turning Left For Less has been given access to what appears to be part of an internal document that outlines the short-haul and long-haul routes that British Airways plans to suspend while England is under lockdown.
The information that TFFL has been given only names the destinations by airport code and doesn’t appear to be in a particularly helpful order. To make the information easier to digest, I’ve replaced the airport codes with the names of the destinations and I’ve arranged the routes in alphabetical order.
British Airways Short-Haul Route Suspensions
As you’ll see from the table, there are a couple of routes for which the information is incomplete but the information for the remaining short-haul routes is pretty clear.
I’m a little surprised to see that some destinations in Spain and Portugal aren’t being suspended until later this month as as travelers arriving into the UK from mainland Spain and/or Portugal have been subject to UK quarrantine rules for a over a month – who does BA think will be flying these routes while England is under lockdown? – and I’m a little surprised that some routes aren’t set to restart until 2 weeks after England’s lockdown is scheduled to be lifted, but, overall, most people could probably have predicted the destinations that would appear on this list.
British Airways Long-Haul Route Suspensions
I’m a litle surprised not to see more US routes usepensions on this list (is BA really seeing enough demand for flights to/from Chicago, Miami, and Seattle?) but the fact that we’re seeign all of the remaining London Gatwick routes suspended isn’t a surprise at all.
It’s important to remember that the lists above represent the routes that British Airways is about to suspend and that they’re not showing all the routes that British Airways will not be flying over the coming weeks. There are still a significant number of routes that British Airways hasn’t brought back since the pandemic first took hold and there’s no sign of these routes coming back any time soon.
British Airways will start supending a signifiant number of the routes that it’s currently operating from tomorrow and while the number of routes to be suspended currently comes to 46, there’s no reason to believe that that’s where the route cuts will end – more could be on the way.
If you have a British Airways booking for November/December on one of these routes I strongly advise you to get in touch with BA as soon as possible to make alternate arrangements – do not wait for the airline to contact you. The sooner you get the ball rolling on getting your plans back on track the more likely it will be that BA will be able to reaccomodate you to your satisfaction.