British Airways has announced that it has suspened its three times a week service from London Heathrow to Lusaka with effect from 27th October 2013.
The airline currently flies on the route three times per week with outbound flights on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday but these services are being cancelled because they do not make a profit.
It said British Airways is always reviewing its route network to ensure it is in line with the needs of its customers.
“The flights are being suspended because they don’t make a profitable contribution to our business,” said BA in a statement. “We are always reviewing our route network to ensure it is in line with the needs of our customers.”
Operations will cease from the end of the summer 2013 season, with the last flight departing Heathrow on Friday, October 25 and the return leg on Saturday, October 26 from Lusaka.
Customers booked to fly with British Airways after 25th and 26th October 2013 will be offered a full refund or can alternatively be re-booked onto flights to/ from Johannesburg, Nairobi or Entebbe.
It added that its franchise partner, Comair will continue to offer daily flights from Johannesburg to Livingstone, Zambia.
|Fast facts about British Airways to Lusaka:|
|Last flight to Lusaka from London||25th and returning 26th October|
|Route suspended||As of the 27th October 2013|
|Number of flights per week||3 (Wed, Fri, Sun)|
And Commenting on the suspension, Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) Managing Director Felix Chaila expressed disappointment that the decision has come just after Zambia and Zimbabwe co-hosted the prestigious United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly.
He said the London-Lusaka flights were a traditional route hence stakeholders were not happy about the withdrawal.
Mr. Chaila is particularly sad that the suspension of the BA direct flights between London and Lusaka comes after Zambia was declared winner of the African nomination of the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Vettor Giusti poster competition.
BA will instead add three extra flights from Heathrow to Accra in Ghana from October 27. This follows Virgin Atlantic’s decision to drop the route from later this month.
The airline is also to add an extra weekly flight from Heathrow to Entebbe in Uganda – this will take services up from three to four per week from the start of the summer 2014 schedule in March.
In another move, BA will reduce weekly services from Heathrow to Johannesburg from 17 to 14 per week for summer 2014. The airline is planning to use one of its new A380 superjumbos on the route from February.
Date: 6 September 2013