* Adelaide, Australia - Served via SIN with QF codeshare. Was third or fourth stop with BA.
* Anchorage, United States - Was stop on way to NRT - who else serves today (Longhaul)?
* Auckland, New Zealand - Served via HKG with CX or via LAX with QF (Codeshares). Was a third or fourth stop with BA.
* Brisbane, Australia - Dropped to allow extra SYD service. Served via SIN with QF codeshare.
* Cancun, Mexico - Only lasted a few years as a leisure route from LGW.
* Charlotte, United States - Started when partner of USAir, dropped post 9/11.
* Colombo, Sri Lanka - Only revived for a couple of years mid-90s
* Durban, South Africa - Was extension of JNB flight - now served by Comair (Franchise) from CPT and JNB.
* Fukuoka, Japan - When did BA serve? Must have lasted a year or two at most.
* Gaborone, Botswana - Okay, dropped completely. Was an extension of JNB flight.
* Havana, Cuba - As for Cancun - shortlived leisure service from LGW.
* Jakarta, Indonesia - Introduced in early 1990s, dropped during Asian Economic crisis.
* Kano, Nigeria - Again, dropped now - no service.
* Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Dropped during Asian economic crisis. Rumours of return?
* Lilongwe, Malawi - Was served via NBO. Now served via NBO by Air Kenya Aviation (Franchise)
* Lima, Peru - Again, how long did this service last?
* Luxor, Egypt - Again, didn't last long.
* Manila, Philippines - Was latterly an extension of HKG flight. Now served via HKG by CX codeshare.
* Montego Bay, Jamaica - Dropped to focus on Kingston.
* Nagoya, Japan - Dropped during Asian Economic crisis.
* Osaka, Japan - Dropped during Asian Economic crisis.
* Perth, Australia - Dropped to allow focus on SYD/MEL. QF restarting thrice weekly. Alternatively connect at SIN onto QF codeshare.
* Pittsburgh, United States - Dropped shortly after collapse of USAir codeshares.
* Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago - Dropped - unknown reason - yields?
* San Diego, United States - Dropped post 9/11.
* San Jose de Costa Rica - As for Cancun - shortlived leisure service from LGW.
* San Juan de Puerto Rico - Dropped.
* Santiago de Chile - Was served via GRU, GIG or EZE. Now connect at GRU with Lan Chile codeshare.
* Seoul, Korea - Dropped during Asian Economic crisis. Now served via HKG with CX codeshare.
* T'ai-Pei, Taiwan - Was latterly an extension of HKG flight. Now served via CX codeshare.
* Tbilisi, Georgia - Was served by BMed (Franchise). Dropped due to Georgian government.
* Victoria, Seychelles - Ended in June.
So a number of reasons for flights ending. Some were a second, third or even fourth stop of a flight. Easier to serve on a codeshare basis. BA
three times weekly in the early 1990s. With the CX
codeshares it is now twice daily with one stop (& aircraft change) in HKG
. The franchise carriers have allowed other destinations to be dropped, plus others added - Port Elizabeth in South Africa for example. British Mediterranean even operates direct from LHR
to destinations BA
feels it can no longer itself - Amman, Beirut, Damascus, Khartoum, Tehran - plus new destinations too.
And some of those routes listed as dropped were shortlived introductions in the 1990s. Others have thrived (Either new or reintroduced): -
* Abuja, Nigeria.
* Aleppo, Syria (BMed).
* Alexandria, Egypt (BMed).
* Baltimore, USA.
* Bishkek, (BMed).
* Buenos Aires, Argentina.
* Denver, USA.
* Doha, Qatar.
* Entebbe, Uganda.
* Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
* Kolkata, India.
* Luanda, Angola.
* Mexico City, Mexico.
* Phoenix, USA.
* Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands.
* Tashkent, (BMed).
* Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago.
* Yekaterinberg, Russia (BMed).
* Yerevan, (Bmed).
So overall BA
has stopped serving a few destinations, serves others via franchise carriers (From a focus city or LHR
in BMed's case) or via codeshares (Largely OneWorld partners). I wouldn't say BA
was been fickle, rather it has found the best way to serve a destination. In AKL
's case is it better to switch to CX
(One stop, aircraft change), or stop off at SIN
and then AKL
(To give one example routing)? Know which I'd prefer.
longhaul fleet in 1989 consisted of 39 747-100/747-200s, 8 TriStar 200s, 8 DC-10-30s and 7 Concordes - 62 aircraft. Today it is made up of 57 747-436s, 43 777-236s and about a dozen 767-336s - 112 aircraft. I think I'll finish my essay there!