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British Airways drops Bangkok and other Asia routes for the Winter

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British Airways has, it seems, lost confidence in the Asian market and its ability to open up post pandemic.

A range of service cuts have been made this week.

Most importantly for the leisure market, Bangkok has been dropped for the entire Winter season, from late October to late March. If you are holding a ticket to Bangkok for late October onwards, BA will be in touch to discuss rebooking, most likely on Qatar Airways.

British Airways drops Bangkok

Other changes:

  • Beijing Daxing – service withdrawn for the Winter season
  • Hong Kong – one of the two daily flights has been withdrawn for the Winter season
  • Shanghai – service withdrawn for the Winter season
  • Tokyo Haneda – one of the two daily flights has been withdrawn for the Winter season

It is obviously possible that flights could be reinstated if demand picks up, but with British Airways still short of long haul aircraft following the Boeing 747 retirement – a situation which will take longer to fix than hiring new cabin crew – I wouldn’t expect much.

Bangkok in particular is regarded as a low yielding route, with relatively little business traffic, meaning that aircraft can be more profitably used elsewhere.


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Comments (126)

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  • AlisonH says:

    We recently booked using our 241 vouchers for LHR to BKK return in Business for March 2023. Checked last night and all still showing. Logged on again to the BA app this morning and it says sorry we can’t show any of your flights right now. I wonder if this is a coincidence or to do with them cancelling our flights. Once cancelled I’ll call BA for them to open revenue class seats on Qatar. Any other advice welcome.

  • Chris says:

    I’ve got flights booked LHR-BKK in November and still not heard anything. The agent has actually stated that nothings changed even though I said I could quite several websites and the fact you can’t book it anymore through there website. Point blank refused to help us and said w have to wait till we’re contacted and told. Has anyone actually been contacted yet by BA? We’re on a BA holiday in WTP and tbh jsut wanna cancel as this is our second attempt at this trip (should of gone in Jan) and we don’t want re routing via Hkk or a downgrade to economy on Qatar.

    • Vit says:

      Similar experience to you, Chris. Called their US call centre last night and been insisted that nothing has changed even the fact that I cannot see the booking on my BAEC any more but still can see it in the app. Mine is CW from INV-BKK via LHR in Dec 2023 and back to ABZ in Feb 2023.

      • Numpty says:

        BA often update the booking without sending an immediate email. So keep checking the booking and don’t just wait for the email to arrive.

      • Chris says:

        I’m actually flying from INV too tbh as was a couple hundred quid cheaper each than ABZ! Cash fare. The HKK routing is twelve hours longer travelling (10 hour layover in LHR) which seems to be the option if we wanna keep WTP. I won’t be accepting it suffice to say.

    • William says:

      Same. Flights still live according to BA so no changes without penalties until flights officially cancelled.

  • Denis says:

    Double Avios promotion page not found

    • Michele Baldrick says:

      Same, just checked becuase i am looking to book two flights for later this year. So i am hoping BA launch it soon. Maybe after the Easter chaos is over 🙂

  • pete says:

    im booked to beijing nov 11th 2022 reward flight cw – ive not received any cancellation email from ba? but when i look at the front end and try and book a full fare eg wt – the flight is not showing? i called ba and asked if the ba039 had been cancelled – after being put on hold they came back and said its still sheduled but they arent taking any further bookings for seats? i cant find anywhere other than hfp that mentions cancelled winter schedule to asia over this winter ?

    • Georgie says:

      We have exactly the same issue as most on here – booked flights to Bangkok for our honeymoon, but when I called to rebook… they said the flight was still going, which it is obviously not… not sure what to do? Maybe they are waiting until the mess with Easter is finished to do it as there will be a lot to sort out?

      If anyone has worked out how to rebook let us know!

      • Chris says:

        Still waiting here too. Been almost 3 weeks now which is a total joke. No updates to the booking, emails or anything.
        Call Centre staff know nothing and social media team are so arrogant I don’t know how they have jobs. Already told other half I’m not booking anymore BA packages with them as this is already a rebook from a trip winter just gone and both times they have been a nightmare to deal with.

        • pete says:

          why can i not find ANYTHING about this in the media other than this hfp post?

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