Posted on: 20 July 2011 by Mark Howells
SkyWork Airlines has introduced a second 70-seat Bombardier Q400 to its fleet, acquired on lease via SkyWorld Aviation.
A third Q400 will follow in September, when the airline prepares to take its popular London City to Bern service to double daily. Also at that time, SkyWork bookings will be fully accessible on the GDS systems, Amadeus and Galileo following migration to the carrier’s new reservation system in September.
From 5 September, for the rest of the summer timetable, the schedule between London City and Bern will be see flights depart London City Airport at 07:55 on Mondays to Fridays, arriving in Bern at 10:35. Evening flights will leave LCY at 19:55, Sundays to Fridays, landing in Bern at 22:35.
In the opposite direction, morning flights on Mondays to Fridays will take off from Bern at 06:45 and land at LCY at 07:25. The evening service from Bern, on Sundays to Fridays, will push back at 18:45 and reach London at 19:25.
“London City–Bern has become a star performer in our route network,” reported Tomislav Lang, SkyWork Airlines’ CEO. “We are very much looking forward to building on that success by offering morning and evening departures, affording the business traveller a full day in the cities of Bern and London. And we are looking ahead to the winter and hope to announce some interesting initiatives just ahead of the ski season.
“From arrival at Bern’s Belp Airport, you can be skiing on the slopes of the Swiss Alps in just over an hour. Flying direct to Bern will also save passengers up to two hours on their journey when travelling via other Swiss gateways. Some 5,000 passengers have flown with SkyWork on a mixture of Q400 and smaller 30-seat Dornier 328 aircraft since the LCY–BRN route commenced at the end of March 2011. Passengers are responding positively to the personal service of SkyWork’s smaller cabin aircraft and the offer of iPads for inflight entertainment are proving extremely popular,” Lang noted.
In addition to its enhanced London schedule, seven additional cities from Bern are being added in the coming winter timetable, boosting the number of destinations served by SkyWork to 12. Rome, Vienna and Milan come on line on 5 September, followed by Madrid, Belgrade, Budapest and Amsterdam in October.