BA CityFlyer, a subsidiary of British Airways, has announced that it will resume three European routes from London City Airport starting this weekend, meaning that 13 of the 15 routes operated by the airline in 2019 are returned.
From October 31, the carrier will relaunch its services to Prague with three return flights per week. Then, from December 12, flights to Salzburg will resume every three weeks, followed by twice-daily flights to Chambrey from December 19.
In addition to the new BA CityFlyer routes, the November schedule for London City Airport includes five additional weekly flights to Zurich, three additional Luxair services to Luxembourg, another KLM rotation to Amsterdam and 11 additional flights to Frankfurt with Lufthansa .
BA CityFlyer is also increasing frequencies on several routes, including 10 additional weekly flights to Glasgow, seven to Edinburgh, six to Berlin and two to Amsterdam and Florence.
London City Airport has seen strong growth in passenger numbers, especially business travel, since the UK government began lifting restrictions on inbound travelers. According to the airport, the latest figures show it is on track to accommodate 145,000 passengers in October, up 21% from September.
The figures come after many of the airport’s popular summer destinations were replaced with additional flights on major trade routes such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin.
Richard Hill, London City Airport CCO, said: âWe are delighted with the strong performance in October. We have long maintained that business traffic will return and customer demand during the month of October has given us real confidence as we approach 2022. â
Commenting on recent news that tariffs on domestic air passengers will be reduced in 2023, Hill added: âThe industry has long been calling for a reduction in a tax that was among the highest in Europe and has inflated the cost, especially for domestic flights. From our perspective I would expect him to encourage more people to travel between London and the regions on business or to enjoy many world class tourist destinations across the UK. We will continue to work with our airlines to develop a comprehensive and convenient domestic schedule to London City. “