We may have voted to leave the EU but we are now closer than ever to Spain thanks to new flights from London City Airport .

The nations, who both crashed out of the Euro 2016 football finals in the same week, are now connected by two and a half hour plane rides between the capital and Alicante.

The service, which runs four-times- a-week from the Docklands airport to the Costa Blanca gateway was launched by Captain Sarah Shillabeer who flew a Spanish flag from the flight deck on the inaugural service.

British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, London City, Luke Hayhoe, said:“While everyone is still getting over the disappointment of our exit from the football finals this is a fantastic opportunity to escape the disappointment - and the British weather - and head off to sunny Spain.”

The addition of the Alicante route means British Airways will operate up to 63 flights a week to seven Spanish destinations from London City this summer. It also flies to Madrid, Granada, Malaga, Ibiza, Palma and Mahon.

Chief commercial officer at London City Airport Matthew Hall said: “Alicante is the gateway to a stunning part of the Spanish Mediterranean and an excellent addition to our offer of leisure destinations this summer.”

Each way hand baggage only fares from London City-Alicante are available from £55 and will operate throughout the summer on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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