British Airways is adding more routes, and another aircraft, to bolster its operations at London City Airport this summer.

New three-a-day flights will launch to Berlin and Hamburg, which together with existing services to Dusseldorf and Frankfurt means the airline will operate more than 70 flights each week to Germany direct from the Docklands.

The additional 98-seat aircraft, arriving in June, will be the 20th Embraer to join the British Airways fleet at London City, and will create 20 new jobs.

The extra routes mean that British Airways will have its busiest ever summer at London City Airport where it will operate over half the flights and it comes at a time when the airport is changing hands following the £2billion sale to a consortium of Canadian pension funds . The chief executive of BA’s parent group, IAG, had suggested that t he airline would withdrew from LCY if the new owners hiked the charges.

It will be the first time British Airways has operated to Berlin from London City. The new route launches on June 19 on an Embraer jet and each way hand baggage only fares are available from £49.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, London City, said: “Germany is a very important market for us and these new routes give both our business and leisure customers a much wider choice of destinations with a well-timed schedule.

“As the largest airline operating at London City we are giving customers what they want, excellent network and frequencies, a choice of 32 destinations in the UK, Europe and the USA and low all-inclusive fares.

“We are also delighted to take delivery of our 20th Embraer, an aircraft which is very popular with our customers for its comfort, style and low noise and emissions levels.”

Flybe deal with Blue Islands

Regional airline Flybe has unveiled a 10-year franchise partnership with Channel Islands’ operator Blue Islands. Routes from London City to Jersey will fly under Flybe colours using the airlines’ ticketing services.

Flybe CEO Saad Hammad said: “We are delighted to welcome Blue Islands into the Flybe family and look forward to our new operations with them starting in the summer.

“This franchise agreement extends our ability to deliver unrivalled regional connectivity and time saving business travel for our customers and we look forward to welcoming everyone on board in June.”

Blue Islands’ MD Rob Veron said: “Guernsey and Jersey will enjoy increased exposure to potential new visitors thanks to Flybe’s huge marketing reach and wider distribution channels.

“As well as flights in Flybe branded aircraft and Flybe flight numbers, adopting the Flybe brand enables to the lowest possible fare options, complete with ticket customisation. This allows our customers to choose from a basic, to an all-inclusive fare, to better meet individual requirements.”

Planning appeal

London City Airport begins its planning appeal against refusal of its expansion plans at City Hall on Tuesday (March 15).

The £200million expansion was supported by Newham Council but rejected by Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan said he would reconsider the block if he became mayor.