After the UK government scrapped its red-list again, British Airways has reinstated Airbus A380 flights to Johannesburg in January. The airline had pushed back the launch to February after the eruption of the Omicron COVID-19 variant led to a slew of new travel restrictions earlier in December.
British Airways is in the process of reactivating its entire Airbus A380 fleet, having relaunched long-haul double-decker flights earlier this month. Having spent the best part of the past year on the UK’s red-list, South Africa is experiencing huge travel demand, making the southern African nation a no-brainer for the world’s largest passenger aircraft.
Early November, British Airways planned to fly the Airbus A380 to Johannesburg from January 10th. This was due to operate as a daily service alongside a Boeing 777 service.
The schedule was thrown into chaos when the Omicron variant was discovered, as the UK reactivated the red list for South Africa and a handful of neighboring countries. Not expecting the situation to change rapidly, British Airways pulled the A380 from its Johannesburg schedule until February but left the daily 777 services intact.
According to schedule data from aviation data experts Cirium, and as shown on ba.com, British Airways has now placed the Airbus A380 back on flights to Johannesburg from January 17th. However, it won’t be as previously scheduled. Rather than running alongside the Boeing 777 service as BA55 & BA56, the A380 will replace the Boeing 777 on the existing BA57 and BA58 services for the foreseeable future.