There was more than a bit of ‘oomph’ for the launch of British Airways flights to Berlin from London City Airport .

The new route which takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes was given a rousing send-off from the Die Dorf Fest Kapelle Oompah Band who brought a traditional taste of German festivities to East London.

Three-a-day flights to Hamburg were launched in May and together with existing services to Dusseldorf and Frankfurt means British Airways now operates more than 70 flights each week to Germany direct from the Docklands.

Chief commercial officer at London City Airport Matthew Hall said: “It’s fantastic to connect these two creative and vibrant cities with this new and convenient route. The buzz of Berlin is closer than ever, be it for business trip or city break.”

Serenading the start of new British Airways flights from London City to Berlin are Oompah band members (left-right) Geoff Moore, Matt Hadden and Elaine Williams

An additional 98-seat Embraer 190 aircraft has also arrived, the 20th Embraer to join the British Airways fleet at London City. It will create 20 new jobs at the airport as well as additional roles for the many companies that supply the airline.

The extra routes mean that British Airways will have its busiest ever summer at London City Airport where it will operate more than half the flights.

Each way hand baggage only fares to Berlin cost from £49 with flights available from London City Airport at 8.20am, 12.55pm, 1.15pm and 6.10pm.

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