It appears that war might be very close, BA have decided to stop flying to Oman altogether, and have cut down on all their other flights to Middle Eastern countries. The crew used to stay overnight in Dubai, but now, due to what I hear are staff fears, they have decided to stay in Larnaca in Cyprus and shuttle to Dubai. BA is a likely target for any terrorist, as are any assets or symbolic assets of the US or UK.
Following changes in travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to British nationals travelling to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and Jordan, British Airways is making adjustments to its schedule for the whole of the Gulf region.
British Airways flights to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait, and Riyadh are now operating via Larnaca in Cyprus.
Services to Kuwait and Abu Dhabi are combined and operating from London Heathrow to Kuwait via Larnaca and Abu Dhabi.
Flights to Doha and Bahrain continue as a combined service and will operate from London Heathrow to Larnaca, Doha and then Bahrain.
The return flights from both Jeddah and Riyadh are operating via Larnaca.
Flights to Dubai are reduced from two per day to a daily service, with the BA109/ BA108 suspended.
Flights to Muscat are suspended until further notice.
British Airways will be contacting customers on affected flights. Alternatively, passengers holding bookings on cancelled services can contact British Airways at 0845 77 999 77 between the hours of 06:00 and 21:45.
Passengers based in the Gulf may contact the local British Airways offices on:
Abu Dhabi 6224540, Bahrain 587777, Doha 4321434, Dubai 3075777, Jeddah 6693464, Kuwait 802777, Muscat 568777 and Riyadh 4645550
The change in schedule is part of a carefully planned series of measures which will allow the airline to maintain a smooth and safe operation to the region. Flights will be timed to land at London’s Heathrow airport as close to the original schedule as possible to ensure that disruption to our customers is kept to a minimum.
British Airways apologises to all customers who are affected by the changes for any inconvenience this may cause. Safety and security is our number one priority.