Posted on: 26 November 2013 by Mark Howells
British Airways is to strengthen its position as the largest airline at London City Airport (LCY) with its subsidiary BA CityFlyer adding more aircraft, new routes and extra frequencies.
The airline is growing its business next year with three new Embraer E-Jets joining the fleet at LCY and the launch of new services to Rotterdam in Holland and Florence in Italy in March. There will also be extra daily flights to Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Zurich.
Adam Carson, managing director of BA CityFlyer, announced that the first two new 98-seat aircraft will join the fleet in May 2014. When the third aircraft arrives there will be 17 aircraft in total, a mix of Embraer 170s and 190s.
The expansion of the London City network includes five-a-day services to Rotterdam, four-a-week services to Florence, extra frequency on important European routes as well as the introduction of an Embraer jet on the Dusseldorf route, replacing the current Saab turboprop.
From March British Airways will fly to 26 international, European and UK destinations direct from the Docklands.
Adam Carson added, “The growth of London City Airport will allow us to further grow our own business there. Our Embraer aircraft are very popular with our customers, for levels of comfort, low noise and emissions and we are delighted to be adding three more of the larger types [E190s] to our fleet.”
“Although London City was built primarily as a business airport we have seen a huge demand from our customers for more holiday destinations. We have seen growth in both the leisure and business markets and the two new routes we are launching reflects that. Rotterdam is obviously a very important business centre while Florence is the gateway to the beautiful region of Tuscany.”
Declan Collier, CEO, London City Airport remarked, “This cements British Airways’ position as the biggest airline operating out of London City. A 27% increase in capacity is very significant for the airport and will facilitate more choice and flexibility for passengers. The ability to increase short-haul services from London City will also help to free up capacity for long-haul flights at other capacity-constrained airports in the South East.