British Airways has today, Wednesday 29 August 2018, signalled a commitment to a significant expansion at London City.
It is to launch a new route from London City to Rome from Sunday 11 November 2018. Flights will operate six times weekly with Embraer E190 aircraft.
The airline is to also acquire an additional four Embraer E190 aircraft in 2019. This will increase the number of aircraft based at the airport from 22 to 26. It is presumed that these aircraft will either be leased or acquired second hand as BA had allowed options for new aircraft from Embraer to expire.
This news comes just one day after CityJet announced it is withdrawing scheduled flights from the airport and is handing over its route to Dublin to Aer Lingus.
In terms of possible new routes, BA has previously suspended a number of routes at London City. These include Alicante, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Madrid. LOT is also due to launch Budapest and Warsaw in early 2019. TAP has also recently launched Lisbon and Porto.
As London City is closed for part of the weekend, it is likely these these new aircraft will also be used to launch new winter and summer seasonal routes from Stansted and other UK regional airports at weekends.
Full details of BA’s current route network at London City are available at ba.com
Here is the timetable for BA’s new service to Rome. As BA also flies to Rome from London Gatwick and Heathrow it is of course possible to “mix and match” London airports, if that is convenient.
London City – Rome
Flight BA7349 Depart London City 10:50 – Arrive Rome Fiumicino 14:20 (Monday – Friday)
Flight BA7349 Depart London City 15:05 – Arrive Rome Fiumicino 18:35 (Sunday)
Flight BA7348 Depart Rome Fiumicino 15:05 – Arrive London City 16:30 (Monday – Friday)
Flight BA7348 Depart Rome Fiumicino 19:25 – Arrive London City 21:00 (Sunday)