British Airways to cease Chengdu route

The British AIrways panda plane was created for the airlines route to Chengdu in China

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British Airways is to drop its Heathrow-Chengdu route from mid-January.

In a statement the carrier said:

“We regret that we have decided to suspend the Heathrow to Chengdu route. We have a proud tradition of flying to China but despite operating this route for three years it is not commercially viable.”

The last flight leaving Heathrow will be on January 12, 2017, with the final return flight departing Chengdu the following day.

BA launched flights to the Chengdu, its fourth Chinese destination, in 2013.

At the time IAG’s CEO Willie Walsh said that “Chengdu is an extremely important destination for us. It has achieved an amazing expansion in economic growth in sectors such as the automobile industry, electronics, IT, software and pharmaceuticals”.

The route started as a three times-weekly service, rising to five times-weekly in summer 2014 when it switched operations from a B777 to a B787 aircraft, although this was cut back to three times-weekly during the winter schedules.

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  • This pretty much is the prelude to the BA/QR codeshare that is expected to come up soon. Expect more routes to be dropped as BA seeks to free up LHR to more lucrative routes and pass on these secondary cities to QR in the form of codesharing.

  • It’s interesting when you see in the press airline and airport bosses saying they need more connectivity to emerging markets.

  • Has not the government just agree to allow even more flights to China. I bet we will see the Chinese make a success of these new opportunities if they can find slots to land whilst we wait for new capacity in London

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