British Airways won't be returning to Sydney until sometime in 2021, with the airline caught between travel bans in both the UK and Australia.
The British flag-carrier had previously hoped to resume its London-Singapore-Sydney service in December and was taking bookings for its popular Kangaroo Route, despite the current restrictions which limit the number of inbound passengers and require a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine stay which can cost travellers more than twice the airfare.
Those optimistic hopes have now been dashed by the imposition of a four week lockdown in the UK which includes a ban on all but essential travel.
"In light of this announcement, we have taken the decision to implement a number of cancellations across our network" said Mark Muren, BA's Head of Global Sales.
"Policies are in place to ensure maximum flexibility for our customers. If a flight is cancelled, customers will be entitled to a refund as per our standard customer guidelines. Our ‘Book with Confidence’ policy continues to offer the ability to change a flight, date or destination or request a voucher for future travel."
BA overnight removed some 50 international routes from its schedule until at least December 2, among them London-Singapore, but has also scrubbed the Sydney's BA15/BA16 until January 2021.
Those 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.
British Airways' Airbus A380s, which were stood down in March 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, are also expected to be grounded until at least early 2021 in the wake of the UK's travel ban.