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What British Airways long-haul flights are scheduled for April?

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If you think that there are no British Airways long-haul flights currently available to book, think again.  There is a surprising amount still scheduled to operate during April.

Even if you have no intention of travelling – or if the country won’t let you in! – the flights may well operate in order to bring travellers back home.

The list below was published by Routes Online on Thursday afternoon, which is the key global publisher of route movements.  This was before South Africa closed its airspace, so you can probably delete those from the list.

British Airways long haul routes for April 2020

If the listing starts in April (eg Bermuda is listed at 16APR20 – 30APR20) it means that there are no services scheduled before that date.

This list is clearly hugely speculative – although the flights ARE bookable on ba.comRemember that the Foreign Office ‘do not travel’ guidance was only for 30 days, ending on 16th April.

British Airways services for April 2020

Accra 30MAR20 – 11APR20, alternating days, 747-400; 25APR20 – 29APR20 777-200ER
Bangalore 15APR20 – 30APR20, alternating days, A350-1000XWB
Bermuda 16APR20 – 30APR20, 3 weekly, 777-200ER
Boston 29MAR20 – 30APR20, 7 weekly, 787-9
Buenos Aires 18APR20 – 30APR20, 3 weekly, 777-200ER
Cairo 02APR20 – 30APR20, alternating days, 787-8
Calgary 19APR20 – 29APR20, 3 weekly, 787-8 operating
Cape Town 29MAR20 – 06APR20, alternating days, 747-400; 18APR20 – 30APR20 alternating days, 747-400
Chicago O’Hare 30MAR20 – 30APR20, 1 daily, 777-200ER
Doha 18APR20 – 30APR20, 1 daily, 787-9
Dubai 25APR20 – 30APR20, 1 daily, A350-1000XWB
Hong Kong 29MAR20 – 30APR20, 1 daily, 777-300ER
Hyderabad 15APR20 – 29APR20, alternating days, 787-8/-9
Islamabad 05APR20 onwards, 3 weekly, 787-8
Johannesburg 18APR20 – 30APR20, 1 daily, 747-400
Kuala Lumpur 19APR20 – 29APR20, alternating days, 787-9
Kuwait City 13APR20 – 30APR20, 3 weekly, 777-200ER
Lagos 25APR20 – 29APR20, alternating days, 777-200ER
Los Angeles 04APR20 – 30APR20, 1 daily, 787-9
Mexico City 29MAR20 – 28APR20, alternating days, 787-9
Montreal 18APR20 – 28APR20, 3 weekly, 787-8
Mumbai 15APR20 – 30APR20, 7 weekly, 787-8
Nairobi 29MAR20 – 28APR20, alternating days, 777-200ER
Nassau – Grand Cayman 13APR20 – 02MAY20, 3 weekly, 777-200ER
New York JFK 31MAR20 – 30APR20, 14 weekly, 777-200ER/-300ER
Orlando 14APR20 – 30APR20, 7 weekly, 777-200ER
Rio de Janeiro 23APR20 – 29APR20, alternating days, 787-8
Riyadh 29MAR20 – 30APR20, 4 weekly, 747-400
San Francisco 04APR20 – 30APR20, 1 daily, 747-400
Santiago de Chile 29MAR20 – 04APR20, 3 weekly, 787-9; 23APR20 – 30APR20, 3 weekly, 787-9
Seattle 29MAR20 – 30APR20, 1 daily, 787-9
Seoul Incheon 29MAR20 – 28APR20, alternating days, 787-8
Sydney 1 daily, 777-300ER
Tel Aviv 29MAR20 – 30APR20, 7 weekly, 777-200ER/A350-1000XWB
Tokyo 29MAR20 – 30APR20, 1 daily, 787-9
Toronto 18APR20 – 30APR20, 1 daily, A350-1000XWB
Washington Dulles 01APR20 – 30APR20, 1 daily, A350-1000XWB


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Comments (71)

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  • C says:

    Hello – I have flights LHR-HND leaving next weekend for Easter. Hoping that BA will cancel prior so we can have cash refund rather than vouchers. How close to departure might they cancel the flight or is it likely to definitely operate?
    There seems to be various “rumours” about BA suspending passenger service but probably only rumours. BA seems to be operating far more flights than other similar European airlines??

    • meta says:

      It was 5 days before for my flight to HND on Thursday. I cancelled before then when FCO advisory came out as I couldn’t sleep at night. I still got an email that the flight is cancelled despite avios and surcharges returned within 48 hours. In any case, you won’t be allowed into Japan now unless you have a place to stay for 14 days to self-isolate. BA might not cancel your flight either, so you’ll have to claim on insurance.

    • Lady London says:

      I would watch carefully up to 12 hours before or even about 9 ! Appreciate that might be nerve-wracking.

      You could get a clue by trying on and off to book the same flight you’re on as though you were a normal customer directly on the airlines system. If you can’t then you can be fairly sure your flight is not running they just haven’t got around to telling you.

      If you would lose a lot if you cancel then consider taking the voucher. But not otherwise.

      If hey do cancel or make some other change then you can request to be rebooked on a much later date if you wish. You have that right, as well as to a refund in cash if you wish instead.

      • C says:

        Thanks both (meta & Lady London). A look on BA website and it seems that all other asian routes (BKK, KUL, SIN, ICN and HKG) all have cancellations fore most/all of April…not HND yet!! Very much a ‘waiting game’ it would seem.

        • Lady London says:

          It’s ‘who blinks first’. As @meta said, if you can’t sleep at night and wouldn’t lose much, then maybe you would take the loss and cancel yourself just to have clarity.

          • meta says:

            Yes. I managed to minimise the cancellation costs for the whole trip to £70. Still undecided whether to bother claiming on Amex Plat insurance as excess is £50.

          • Lady London says:

            In that case I would wait. IIRC Japan has been slower on imposing restrictions than others.

    • AJA says:

      I read on FlyerTalk (searched again but can’t remember which thread it was on) that there is a possibility that Japan may be used as a route to fly LHR-SYD now that SIN is temporarily closing ie LHR-HND-SYD So there is a slim possibility that the flight may not be cancelled.

      That said Japan has suspended its visa waiver system for anyone travelling on a British passport until at least the end of April 2020. This means that you will not be able to enter Japan as a visitor without a visa. Single and multiple entry visas have also been suspended. 

      If you don’t have a visa then best to cancel in exchange for a voucher. If you’re brave then wait until t-24 And see if BA cancel the flight before applying for a voucher.

  • C says:

    Just to add, BA seem to have cancelled HKG flights from 5th April so possible this will happen for Tokyo?

  • New Card says:

    Is there any BA contact number dealing with flights > 72 hours away? I need to make a flight change but I can’t do it online; and the recorded messages on the telephone numbers I’ve tried say they’re only dealing with flights within 72 hours.

  • Blindman says:

    Well I hope BA are flying from Sydney on the 1st April as we are supposed to be on it!

  • Amit says:

    All BA’s TLV flights are cancelled this week. According to, the next TLV flight will take off on April 6 (a week tomorrow).

  • David says:

    Quick query which I can’t find the answer for, hope some can assist. I have return flights to Johannesburg booked from 27th April (x2 adults 1x infant), Amex 241 + Avios. Given the current situation, I’m expecting BA to cancel the flight in a few weeks time, however my wife and I are seeking to postpone the trip and move the flight to September (which we can do online now), however our 1 year old turns 2 at the end of May? How will BA treat this given the current situation?

    • Genghis says:

      This was answered a couple of days ago. Have a look through the comments.

      • Mr(s) Entitled says:

        At least three articles a day.
        Comments spread across multiple pages.
        Antiquated search function.

        If someone knows the answer I am sure said answer would surely be appreciated.

  • Delta Mike says:

    How comes they operate old inefficient aircraft like the 747-400?

    • Rob says:

      They are all scheduled to go within the next couple of years and, in reality, you can image that being brought forward.

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