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BA plans major expansion at London City

14th March 2007 Print
British Airways is expanding its operations at London City Airport by more than 70 per cent with the launch of its new subsidiary, BA CityFlyer. The new carrier will operate 250 flights a week from the Docklands airport to six UK and European destinations from the end of this month.

British Airways currently operates 144 flights a week at London City. The increase represents the airline's greatest commitment by far to the airport since it began services there in 2003.

From March 26, 2007, BA CityFlyer will start new direct routes to Glasgow and Zurich, each served four times a day, and add extra frequency on the busy Edinburgh service. Destinations also include Frankfurt, Madrid and Milan.

Fares are available from £39 one way, including taxes.

Underlining its business focus at London City, the airline is offering passengers a schedule that enables them to do a full business day in Glasgow and Zurich with a same-day return option.

Peter Simpson, BA CityFlyer managing director designate, said: "London City Airport will be a major focus for us over the next few years. It is an increasingly popular base for customers, easy to use and conveniently located for the growing business districts of Docklands and the City.

"Our existing services have been well received by the business community, and our new routes are very much at the top of the "wish list" for our customers.

"This growth demonstrates our commitment to London City. We believe BA CityFlyer has a great future here, and we will evaluate further growth opportunities as we plan our schedules for 2008 and beyond.”

Richard Gooding, chief executive for London City Airport, said: "It's good to see British Airways increasing their network at London City Airport. What we offer is very unique compared to other airports. Our location and support infrastructure enables airlines to serve the business community by delivering a service that exceeds their business travel expectations. We wish British Airways every success for the future and look forward to hearing about further network expansion."