BA becomes biggest airline at City Airport

By Rob Virtue on March 27, 2012 2:24 PM |

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British Airways has overtaken CityJet to become the biggest airline at London City with the launch of a new route to Italy and increased frequency to Frankfurt and Glasgow.

The carrier has also announced another aircraft from manufacturer Embraer is arriving to take the fleet size at the airport to 14.

The new route, which is a year-round service to Venice, will start in September with prices starting from £85 each way.

Frankfurt will see an extra flight a day in March and Glasgow will have an extra daily flight from September.

The news comes as BA prepares to launch services from the Docklands airport to Menorca, Britanny and the Loire Valley in May.

The airline now serves 21 destinations in the UK and Europe, as well as a route to New York.

Peter Simpson, managing director of British Airways' wholly owned subsidiary airline BA CityFlyer, which operates the London City network, said: "We are very excited about the arrival of our 14th aircraft which will add frequency to existing business destinations and has opened up new flying possibilities to popular leisure destinations.

"Our customers love the quick and easy service at London City, just 15 minutes from kerbside to airside, making the most of their valuable time."


Odin Dvatri said:

The Embraer 190 is a fantastic airplane, the most confortable regional jet ever built. It`s a pleasure to fly in such a wonderful plane from London City airport.

alex said:

I travelled BAC E190 to Nice and loved it... I just hope we get a route to Paris as I use Eurostar a lot and refuse to board those AF/WX F50... Please answer my prayer

Anon said:

It is a pity London City Airport, ignore local residents and the impact these larger aircraft are having on the area. London City Airport was never meant to have jet planes, they have broken every single promise relating to expansion.

The airport is a parasite on the local community. The airport should be forced to have a buy-out programme and pay compensation to help people move out of the area.

The airport claims it is good for the area, but many people have already moved out London Borough of Newham, which has the highest unemployment in London and is high on child poverty.

The airport should be shut down, so that the Royal Docks can develop like Canary Wharf. For 20 years, it has been held back because of the airport is blighting the area.