The first British Airways flights from London City take off for Paris and Frankfurt on Sunday (30 March) with an expectation of more routes and services to be introduced by the airline in the near future. A third British Airways route from London City to Glasgow launches on May 1.
All of the flights will be operated by British Airways CitiExpress. Managing director David Evans said: “There are many challenges facing the airline industry today, nevertheless we remain convinced that now is the right time for British Airways to be at London City”.
Richard Gooding, Managing Director of London City Airport, said: “This is excellent news for London City and local business travellers. British Airways is the national carrier, bringing with it a very strong brand identity supported by an extremely loyal customer base. In the current climate the industry in general faces a difficult time, but even in these difficult times companies identify the need and importance of business travel.
“Being located in the rapidly growing new business district of East London, with Canary Wharf housing over 55,000 office workers, which is estimated to grow to over 100,000 within the next few years, we believe that from the regional economy developing around us that there will be ample market potential for British Airways and in turn the airport.”
Return services to each of the three destinations will operate three times every weekday and one return service on Sundays, adding more than 900 seats a day to the airport’s schedules. British Airways has introduced the routes in response to demand from business travellers largely in the financial sector. Some 70 per cent of the airport’s users are business travellers.
Return fares start from just £59 to Glasgow, £65 to Paris and £79 to Frankfurt.
The flights will be operated with Avro RJ100 jet aircraft, and will provide both Club Europe and EuroTraveller cabins for up to 100 passengers. Reservations can be made through travel agents; by calling British Airways on 0845 77 333 77 or on www.ba.com