This week London City Airport welcomed Lufthansa’s inaugural Düsseldorf flight, which touched down on schedule at 08:25 on Monday. There are two flights daily Monday - Friday departing London City Airport at 08:55 and 19:10. Lufthansa are operating the service using an ATR42, with 46 seats.
Louise Hopkins, Marketing Communications Manager for London City Airport who greeted the first flight, is confident that Düsseldorf, predominantly a business destination will be popular amongst the financial and commercial communities: “Lufthansa has operated out of London City Airport for ten years, being one of the world’s major carriers, it is great to see that they are expanding their East London network. Providing this direct and convenient link can only result in increased travel between the UK and German business communities.”
Dieter Grotepass, General Manager UK and Ireland for Lufthansa, said “To strengthen our product offering, we are launching Düsseldorf with a very competitive pricing strategy - with a lead-in fare of only £89 return, including taxes.”
He believes 2005 is going to be a good year for Lufthansa and London City Airport. “Taking into account the current level of demand for convenient air travel between leading commercial and financial centres, the additional aircraft parking capacity, the publicity surrounding the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) extension and with the Airport’s expectation to reach two million passengers per annum late in 2005 or early 2006, we are very keen to be part of London City Airport’s expanding route network.”