23 JANUARY 2012


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Article from BTNews 23 JANUARY 2012

Route cancellations

Airlines are looking even more closely than ever regarding future route planning and cancellations, and are often loath to tell prospective passengers and the travel trade (and hence the media).  Information from AERBT readers is much appreciated. info@aerbt.co.uk

Hong Kong Airlines has cancelled its Moscow Sheremetyevo service.  There were indications that this route would return for the summer schedule but it is not listed.  China Airlines effective 25 March will drop its twice weekly Taipei – Heathrow route and are offering a codeshare with KLM.  American Airlines is cancelling its Chicago – New Delhi operation also from the same date.  Other long haul routes being stopped include Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi to Cape Town via Johannesburg.  Delta Air Lines has announced that it will be suspending its Atlanta – Shanghai, and Lufthansa Frankfurt – Guangzhou.

Air Zimbabwe has suspended its Harare – Gatwick flights effective immediately.  One of the airline's Boeing 767-200s was impounded at Gatwick recently over unpaid debts.  Also in the UK, KLM is dropping the three times daily Liverpool – Amsterdam route from the end of the winter season.

Waving good-bye to its Slovak part, CSA Czech Airlines has closed down its short-lived Bratislava base and stopped, with immediate effect, services to Amsterdam, Larnaca and Paris. www.oag.com

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