The 16 long-haul routes BA is dropping in 2021

As it continues to deal with the COVID crisis, the Heathrow-based airline's long-haul schedule for next year features some notable omissions

UK flag carrier British Airways is set to axe more than 15 long-haul routes next year, as it continues to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory
British Airways has a fleet of 57 Boeing 777s, making the type its most popular long-haul aircraft. Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

The Heathrow-based carrier is cancelling services to five continents including North and South America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Routes to cities including Pittsburgh, Calgary and Charleston will go, as well as Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Osaka. The popular winter destination of Seychelles is also facing the axe.

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The firm accepted its first 787-10 Dreamliner in June this year. Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

In the Middle East, cities including Muscat, Jeddah and Abu Dhabi will also be dropped. Durban, Dammam, and Lima are also set to be omitted from its 2021 long-haul roster.

For its summer 2021 schedule only, BA is set to temporarily suspend services to Sydney, Bangkok and San Jose.

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In July, the company announced the retirement of its Boeing 747 fleet. Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

Like other airlines, the national carrier has fared poorly during 2020 as it battled with the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the travel industry.

In October, International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) – the parent company of BA – reported a third quarter loss of €1.3 billion.