For the past three summers, British Airways’ subsidiary BA CityFlyer has run seasonal weekend routes from London Stansted.
The reason for this is that London City is closed for part of the weekend. Instead of leaving its fleet of Embraer aircraft sit idle, some are positioned to Stansted airport.
Routes from Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester soon followed. However, there are now signs that BA CityFlyer is scaling back its ambitions.
All routes from Birmingham and Bristol have been suspended for next summer. BA CityFlyer has also scaled back its ambitions at Stansted. Some routes have been cancelled. Others have been cut in frequency. There are similar changes at Manchester.
Here’s a quick precis of known changes as at Sunday 21 October 2018. Further changes may be announced in the coming months.
This route ends for the winter on Sunday 28 October 2018. It is due to return on Sunday 31 March 2019.
Schedules are currently showing that this will operate on Saturdays only from 4 May 2019 to 19 October 2019. It operated on Saturdays and Sundays this year.
Schedules are currently showing that this will operate on Sundays only from 19 May 2019 to 20 October 2019. It operated twice weekly on Saturdays and once daily on Sundays this year.
This route launched twice weekly from April 2017. It is suspended from Sunday 28 October 2018.
This will return again once weekly on Saturdays, but with a slightly later start date of 18 May 2019 to 20 October 2019.
Existing routes to Faro, Malaga and Nice are also due to return in summer 2019, with the same frequency as this year.
BA’s twice weekly winter seasonal flight to Chambery also returns from Saturday 15 December 2018 up to Sunday 14 April 2019.