British Airways is to suspend its Heathrow-Chengdu route from January after it said the flights were “not commercially viable”.

Chengdu, which was launched as a route in September 2013, is currently one of four Chinese destinations served by BA, alongside Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

“We regret that we have decided to suspend the Heathrow to Chengdu route. We have a proud tradition of flying to China but despite operating this route for three years it is not commercially viable,” said BA in a statement.

The last departure from Heathrow to Chengdu will be on January 12, 2017, with the final return flight leaving from Chengdu on the following day.

BA’s decision came just days after the UK and China agreed to more than double the number of permitted flights between China and the UK.

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