British Airways to Suspend Heathrow-Chengdu Route

2016-10-19 13:41  Author:  Source:China aviation daily

In a surprise move, British Airways has announced that it will suspend its London Heathrow-Chengdu route from January 2017, citing low business benefits.


    Crew members of flight BA89 of British Airways wave to passengers at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport after flying 10 hours from Heathrow Airport in London on September 23, 2013. Photo by Xinhua News

The British carrier launched the nonstop Chengdu service in September 2013, which is currently operated thrice weekly, alongside the airline's more regular flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

"We regret that we have decided to suspend the Heathrow to Chengdu route. We have a proud tradition of flying to China but despite operating this route for three years it is not commercially viable," British Airways said in a statement to local media.

Last flight from Heathrow to Chengdu is scheduled on January 12, 2017, with the final return flight leaving from Chengdu on the following day.

After the suspension of Heathrow-Chengdu route, there will no nonstop air link from South China's city to London. On the other side, Air China now offers nonstop flights from Chengdu to Paris and Frankfurt, while Sichuan Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines and connect the city with Europe's Prague and Madrid.

The announcement came just days after UK and China reached a bilateral aviation agreement to double the number of flights to operate between the two countries, increasing from the current maximum of 40 a week to as many as 100.

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