On Tuesday we covered British Airways launching an additional four weekly services to Mumbai. This is to pick up some of the slack following the collapse of Indian group Jet Airways.
There was some discussion in the comments about where the Heathrow landing slots and aircraft were coming from.
It turns out that British Airways is suspending the ‘four flights per week’ BA50 and BA51 service to Johannesburg from the beginning of June. This is a permanent cancellation and not just a Summer (South African Winter) hiatus.
British Airways only launched this service last October. It added a third daily flight following the decision by South African Airways to drop one of its two daily services. Virgin Atlantic also launched an additional Johannesburg flight, however, and it seems that there is now too much capacity in the market.
Iberia is also dropping its Johannesburg service as we covered recently so there will be a big overall reduction in Avios availability.
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