BA to codeshare with Cathay Pacific on kangaroo route

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Cathay Pacific Airways and British Airways will launch a codeshare agreement on flights between the UK and Australia on 31 March.

The deal covers BA's twice daily London Heathrow-Hong Kong service, plus Cathay Pacific's onwards flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Cairns.

BA will maintain its pre-existing direct service from Heathrow to Sydney via Singapore.

The British flag carrier's partnership with Cathay Pacific follows the cessation of a codeshare deal with Australia's Qantas on the so-called kangaroo route.

Effective 31 March, Qantas will instead team up with Emirates Airline to use Dubai as a bridging point for traffic between Australia and Europe.