BA makes cancellations on Australia route

4 Feb 2010 by BusinessTraveller

British Airways is to make “tactical cancellations” on its service between London and Sydney via Singapore during the next few months, reflecting “weak demand” on the route.

The move, originally reported in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, will see BA dropping selected flights on the route via Singapore over the next few months. A spokesperson for BA said that the carrier would be looking at services on an individual basis to see “whether bookings support the flights”. However they stressed that BA remains “totally committed to Australia and to that route”, and would be contacting passengers affected by the cancellations.

There has long been speculation over BA’s services to Australia, with forum posts on our site discussing the subject back in 2008. The BA / Qantas Joint Services Agreement has come under increasing pressure over the last few years with the launch of flights to Australia by Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways, while Singapore Airlines serves both Sydney and Melbourne with its A380 superjumbo.

BA is due to reveal its latest financial figures tomorrow (Friday February 5), and is expected to announce losses of around £200m for the nine months to December 31, 2009.

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