London City has released encouraging traffic figures as it continues to rebuild following the easing of Covid-19 travel restrictions.
The airport recorded its fourth busiest consecutive week since the start of the pandemic, with passenger numbers in March expected to increase by 40% in February.
LCY also said it had reached pre-pandemic levels of 2019 for the share of business traffic, accounting for 46% of passenger travel, with routes to Edinburgh, Zurich, Amsterdam and Dublin “all seeing strong growth”.
Further afield, the airport will serve 36 destinations this summer, “nearly” 80% of the figure reached in 2019.
British Airways set to launch new routes to Luxembourg and Milan Malpensa (replacing the previous route to Milan Linate) on March 27, with the resumption of flights to Rotterdam and Nice.
The new routes and service resumptions mean the carrier will have restored flights to 20 of the 25 destinations it operated in 2019.
Meanwhile, Italian airline ITA Airways is due to launch flights between London City and Milan Linate from March 28, using two Embraer E190 jets wet-leased from German Airways.
ITA Airways to wet lease Embraer E190s to German Airways for the London City-Milan Linate route
Commenting on the news, London City Airport’s aviation manager Anne Doyere said:
“We are delighted to see key routes and strong passenger growth returning to LCY. Customer demand has given us real confidence as summer approaches this year.
“It is also a testament to the agility of our airlines which offer convenient flight schedules and competitive prices which benefit our customers.
“The UK government’s removal of all remaining travel restrictionsincluding the complicated passenger locator form and all testing requirements, is extremely welcome news for our passengers and will make travel easier again.
“It will help businesses move, boosting consumer confidence in pre-Easter and summer travel, where LCY will connect to 36 destinations across Europe and the UK.”