British Airways has officially scrubbed Sydney from its schedule until the end of October – and with no sign that Australia's international travel ban and mandatory two-week quarantine for all arriving passengers will be lifted in the next few months, it could well be 2021 until BA's daily Sydney-Singapore-London service bounces back.
The flights have been out of action since early April, after Australia introduced compulsory hotel quarantine while Singapore closed its own borders and banned transit passengers at Changi Airport.
BA still runs BA15/BA16 but only between London and Singapore, and primarily for the benefit of ex-pats and others who are permitted to enter Singapore as either residents or long-term pass holders.
The Singapore-Sydney leg of BA1/BA16 has been removed from the airline's schedules through to October 24, which marks the cut-over to the Northern Winter 2020 airline schedule period as defined by the International Air Transport Association.
Although transits are now permitted at Changi Airport, they're limited to destinations in a handful of countries – including Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and South Korea – with transit passengers kept seperate from other travellers.
On arrival at Changi, transit passengers are issued with a wristband to identify them as in-transit and escorted to special 'transit holding area' lounges set up with food kiosks, vending machines, restrooms, a smoking room and a snooze corner, plus free WiFi.