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British Airways suspends Oakland flights for the Winter timetable

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The new British Airways service from Gatwick to Oakland on the US West Coast, which has reportedly been running with loads as low as 50 passengers, is to be cancelled for Winter 2018/9. 

The last flight seems to be Saturday 20th October.

British Airways suspends Oakland

To fill the gap, three of the ten weekly services from Heathrow to Las Vegas are to be moved to Gatwick.

It is not clear at this point if Oakland will return for the Summer timetable starting in late March 2019.  Like Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale, the route was started primarily to annoy Norwegian who were operating identical services.

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Comments (76)

  • Tom says:

    I was on the Oakland flight a couple of weeks ago, in CW, and it was 2/3 empty. I guess the demand just isn’t there.

    But the fare was a grand cheaper round-trip than the LHR-SFO flights and the CW product is exactly the same.

    I guess it was too good a value for pax to make any money for BA

    • Sussex Bantam says:

      “I guess it was too good a value for pax to make any money for BA” is a strange way of phrasing it !

      I’d go with

      “It was a grand cheaper than the flight to SFO and still PAX didn’t want to fly – hardly surprising it’s been cancelled”

    • Rob says:

      There was an interesting comment on Flyertalk. When you search for SanFran, it does not show the Oakland flight on ba.com. This is a massive mistake.

      • Kathy says:

        Huh! So the only people finding it were the people who already knew about it.

      • @mkcol says:

        That is ridiculous given that FLL comes up when you search MIA!

      • Nick says:

        In their defence (and there’s not much to credit BA’s IT with!) they desperately did want and try to fix this. It’s an Amadeus issue with the two airports not being coded with an IATA city, and as no other airline had a problem with it the bill would have fallen entirely on BA. And when the GDSs are involved, these bills are astronomical. Believe it or not, BA management was as frustrated as everyone with this.

        • Roger says:

          Is there similar issue with JKT (actually CGK), tried to use it on Amex Trave and wouldnt take it!

  • Ant says:

    completely OT: but need two BA flights to make it to silver. Am i correct in thinking that a return HBO flight will do the trick? I am just trying to confirm that HBO fares count towards the qualifying flights. Thanks

    • Leo says:

      They do – just make sure they give you enough TPs IF you still need them. I got caught out this year – HBO to Stockholm was 5TPs not 10 etc. but yes they count as one of the 4 necessary flights.