British Airways cancels flights to Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong

British Airways halts flights to key Asia-Pacific destinations in early April, and more routes may follow.

By David Flynn, April 3 2020
British Airways cancels flights to Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong

British Airways will suspend flights to Sydney from April 9, with the short-term axe also falling on Hong Kong and Singapore.

The airline, which only last week came to agreement with Singaporean authorities to continue its London-Singapore-Sydney service despite a ban on transit passengers at Changi Airport, is now advising passengers booked on flight BA16 from Sydney that "due to the continuing changes in travel restrictions, we'd like to give you the opportunity to rebook onto an earlier flight, as we will no longer be flying this route from 09 April."

Similar emails have been sent to travellers on BA's daily London-Hong service – which from this week is being downsized from an Airbus A380 to a Boeing 777-300ER – saying "we won't be flying this route from 05 April", with than cancellation stretching through to April 25.

In addition, British Airways' latest schedule shows no direct flights between London and Singapore (BA11/BA12) from April 8.

That schedule indicates London-Singapore flights will return from April 22, but only as the daily BA15/BA16 service of the Boeing 777-300ER, with the Singapore-Sydney leg being reinstated on April 30, while Lonon-Hong Kong will return on April 25.

British Airways is now moving to rebook passengers on those cancelled flights onto Qatar Airways, which continues to offer daily flights from Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong to London via its Doha hub.

Read more: BA passengers on cancelled coronavirus flights can rebook on Qatar

Tighter border controls

Australia now requires that all arriving passengers spend two weeks in Government-funded isolation at a hotel, while Australian citizens are banned from flying overseas unless they qualify for an exemption based on a handful of categories and special circumstances.

Singapore and Hong Kong now allow only citizens and residents to enter, with few exceptions, with a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

Executive Traveller has approached British Airways for comment.

In an update emailed to British travellers over the weekend the British High Commissioner to Australia, Vicki Treadell, said "we are working tirelessly with airlines to ensure planes keep flying, as well as with the Australian Government and international partners to keep commercial routes to the UK open."

"We are liaising with Qantas to keep flights operational," Treadell said, and "working closely with Qatar to operate as many flights as possible" in reference to Qatar Airways' increased capacity from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, as well as a new service from Brisbane.

"This will drastically increase their capacity," Treadall adds, and suggests that Brits wanting to head home should "keep an eye on our social media channels for updated information", including UK in Australia on Facebook and @UKinAustralia on Twitter.

BA is expected to draw down further flights as it shrinks its network in line with reduced worldwide demand, and has this week consolidated all London flights to Heathrow Terminal 5.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

08 Jun 2018

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Also no inventory to SIN showing post 7th April

31 Mar 2020

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I have my flight book from Sydney to Singapore on the 11 July 2020 with BA16. What would happen then?


10 Jul 2019

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I have one booked for the 10th of July, best thing would be to wait for the airline to cancel or make changes, which is the advice I have been given. As it stands today they are flying on those dates but the situation is constantly changing and July is still 3 months away.

06 Feb 2014

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Hopefully they return with a 787 service to Sydney via Perth

20 Oct 2015

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LOL, if BA has not done this before coronavirus why on earth would they do it now when demand for air travel is a fraction of what it used to be?

26 Apr 2020

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What did they not do ? Two other people from the UK flu exactly on that one home 3 weeks ago. Sydney to Singapore (refill tank only) then onwards to London. I booked that one 3 weeks ago. So I'm not getting you being so surprised when seeing my request here .. or did I misunderstand you somewhat?

26 Apr 2020

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hello, im booked on BA 16 from Sydney to London on 1 of may departing 250pm

is that one still going ? after that I got BA 998 to Berlin from London 2 of may.

thanks for the news

20 Oct 2015

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Hi Leople, you'd have to ask British Airways. Nobody here can answer your question for sure.

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