British Airways is growing its route network at London City Airport (LCY) with two new routes to Southern Europe on June 7 and is beefing up its schedule at the airport.
The airline is launching services from the Docklands airport to Málaga’s Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport (AGP) in Spain – near well-known resorts such as Torremolinos, Ben El Madena and Marbella – and to Faro Airport (FAO) in Portugal. Faro Airport serves the country’s entire Algarve south-coast region as well as the region’s main city Faro.
Flights to Málaga will operate four times a week and flights to Faro three times a week.
Next summer British Airways is also increasing frequency on its LCY-Amsterdam service to six daily flights, LCY-Glasgow to five daily flights and LCY-Edinburgh to eight daily flights. This month, BA is launching new service from LCY to Chambéry in France is beginning service from between LCY and Stockholm-Arlanda in January.
All the new flights will be operated by BA CityFlyer, a wholly owned subsidiary of British Airways.
BA CityFlyer will resume summer services to Palma and Ibiza at the end of March. Altogether, the airline will be offering 40 per cent more seats from London City Airport next summer than it did in the same period this year and will be operating 400 flights a week from the airport.
“We recently announced that we had taken up options on two additional aircraft for our brand new Embraer fleet and this is giving us more opportunity to add destinations, frequency and capacity to our network,” says Luke Hayhoe, commercial manager for BA CityFlyer. “We have responded to customer demand, adding additional frequency and improving departure times to our existing Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Glasgow routes.”
Adds Hayhoe: “In addition to this, the Palma and Ibiza routes launched this year have proved so popular that we decided to venture further into the summer sun market. There is clearly a large demand for leisure travel from London City and it’s a growing market.”
The last of seven 98-seat Embraer 190s ordered by BA CityFlyer will be delivered in June, bringing its all-Embraer E-Jet fleet to 13 aircraft. BA CityFlyer operates six 76-seat Embraer 170s in addition to its Embraer 190s.
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