British Airways confirms that it will cancel services to more than 15 long-haul destinations next year. However, the airline has to take this decision due to the Covid-19 pandemic as it has severely affected the aviation sector.
Cutting Major Routes
The airline will be cutting routes to cities in North America. Such as Pittsburgh, Calgary, and Charleston. Moreover, it will cut flights to Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, and Osaka in Asia.
As a result, Seychelles, a popular winter holiday destination, has also been removed from the schedule.
Moreover, the airline is also reducing routes to Muscat, Jeddah, and Abu Dhabi. However, British Airways also plans to temporarily halt flights to Sydney, Bangkok, and San Jose during the summer of 2021.
The Pandemic Effect
Like other airlines, the pandemic meant global travel restrictions had forced it to operate a reduced and dynamic schedule, it said.
Such as Australia, is not reopening its borders to international travelers until next year.
British Airways has previously said that due to the pandemic they are more affected than anything ever before.
Losses at the flag-carrier have outstripped the financial crisis of 2008 and the September 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York.
The carrier counted losses of almost £4 billion in the first half of this year.
Previously, British Airway retired it’s most iconic aircraft Boring 747 completely from its fleet.
However, the Boeing 747 was the world’s prime people-mover for half a century. Before the launch of the Airbus A380 in 2007, it was by far the biggest passenger plane, 232 feet long with a wingspan of 211 feet and a height of 69 feet.
British Airways says, “The world’s 747 fleets has flown 3.5 billion people – the equivalent of half of the world’s population.”
The letter, written in response to “speculation on social media and aviation websites” says, “The whole airline community is reconciling itself to a bleak outlook for passenger demand.”
“Long haul travel will take years to recover, with the major industry bodies agreeing. What we will not see a return to 2019 levels until 2023 at the soonest.”
“The bulk of our fleet is large, with wide-body, long haul aircraft with many premium seats. It intends to carry high volumes of customers.”
As a result, the plane faces increasing environmental penalties, with Heathrow airport seeking “to phase out aging fleet types such as 747”.
However, the airline has grounded some of its 747s aircraft currently at Heathrow. While the airline is storing others at Cardiff airport and Teruel in central Spain.
BA’s main long-haul aircraft is now the Boeing 777, though it also has Airbus A350 and A380 jets.