British Airways is the largest airline to operate at London City airport where it operates short-haul leisure and business flights and a single long-haul route to New York JFK. Here is the latest news in connection with BA at London City.
British Airways is to temporarily suspended operations at London City airport.
BA has previously suspended its all business class service to New York JFK until September 2020.
The airline has also suspended all short-haul flights operated by its subsidiary BA CityFlyer from Monday 23 March to Saturday 4 April 2020.
Passengers whose flights have been cancelled will be re-accommodated on alternative services from London Gatwick and Heathrow.
Passengers should receive an e-mail to advise that they have been automatically rebooked.
In theory, passengers are also entitled to a refund as their original flight has been cancelled. However, if you try to do this on ba.com you will be offered a voucher for redemption against a future booking.
Passengers can check the status of their booking using the Manage My Booking tool on ba.com. If you need to contact BA, telephone numbers are on this page of ba.com
All airlines are asking passengers not to contact them unless they are due to travel within the next 72 hours.
A very large number of BA short-haul flights have been cancelled outside of the dates above, and this is likely to continue until June at the earliest.
Given how fast moving events are with Coronavirus, further cancellations, and indeed airport closures, are possible.
Update Wednesday 25 March
London City Airport plans to temporarily close to commercial and private flights until the end of April 2020.
British Airways has launched a new summer seasonal route from London City Airport to San Sebastián in the Basque Country region of Spain.
BA will fly from London City to San Sebastián twice weekly on Monday & Friday from Friday 10 July 2020 to Friday 4 September 2020.
Flights will be operated with Embraer E190 aircraft in a two class Club Europe business class and Euro Traveller economy configuration.
This will be the only direct service to San Sebastián from London. BA already serves San Sebastián indirectly through an onward codeshare from Madrid on Air Nostrum. It is of course possible to mix and match London airports, albeit with an element of backtracking. Bilbao airport (served by BA from Gatwick) is also around 100km from San Sebastián.
British Airways has suspended its route from London City to Paris orly from Friday 31 May 2019.
The route currently operates up to three times daily. It transferred from London Heathrow to City two years ago. This will mean there is now no direct route from any London airport to Paris Orly, nor any direct route from London City to Paris.
Passengers whose flights have been cancelled are entitled to a full refund.
Alternatively, passengers can be accommodated on alternative BA services between London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle. However, any consequential costs such as ground transportation will be at your own expense.
Affected passengers should contact BA or their travel agent.
Opinions have always been divided on whether business class on intra-European flights is worth it.
However, in the case of BA from London City, the general consensus it isn’t.
There’s no lounge at London City. The seating configuration is the same as economy. And, due to the overall number of seats being capped at less than 100 for industrial relations reasons, there is relatively generous leg room in economy.
However, there is now one aircraft where business class is at least a tangible improvement. Some time ago BA announced a wet-leasing agreement with Stobart Air to provide additional capacity at London City.
The first aircraft, registration EI-GHK, entered into service this weekend. The aircraft used to be operated by Virgin Australia.
It does benefit from a separate business class cabin. It comprises two rows, each with three seats in a 1-2 configuration. Passengers also benefit from more generous leg room of 38 inches.
There is of course a certain irony in a BA flight operating with a cabin from a Virgin branded airline.
British Airways is to launch a new route from London City to Munich.
The airline will fly to Munich up to three times daily from Saturday 16 February 2019. Flights will be operated with Embraer E190 aircraft.
This will be the only direct flight from London City to Munich. The BA press release specifically refers to one BA corporate client Siemens welcoming the route, which suggests they may have provided guarantees to secure the route.
BA is also due to launch a new route from London City to Rome from November. These new routes are enabled by the addition of four new Embraer aircraft and further route announcements are expected. Full details of BA’s route network at London City is available at ba.com
Here is the timetable. As BA also flies from Heathrow to Munich up to 7 times daily it is of course possible to “mix and match” London departure and arrival airports, if that is convenient.
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.
British Airways is to transfer its route from London Heathrow to Paris Orly to London City airport from Sunday 29 October 2017.
Currently, BA flies from London Heathrow to Paris Orly up to four times daily. This will reduce to three times daily from 30 September 2017 with BA334 and BA335 cancelled from this date. The last flights will operate on Saturday 28 October 2017. BA will continue to fly from London Heathrow to Charles de Gaulle airport up to seven times daily.
BA will fly from London City to Paris Orly three times daily on weekdays and daily on weekends. This route will reinstate a link between London City and Paris after CityJet suspended this route in March of this year.
The merry go round of route changes at London City and BA’s gradual increase of weekend services at London Stansted continues with the launch of new year-round services to Milan, Italy from these two London airports in April.
The new routes to Milan’s Linate Airport will start from London City Airport on Monday 24 April 2017 and from Stansted Airport on Saturday 29 April 2017.
There will be two flights a day on week days and one a day at weekends from London City and two a week from Stansted.
Flights will be operated using Embraer aircraft in a two class Club Europe business class and EuroTraveller economy configuration. Note that at some point in the summer, BA will introduce its Buy On Board “M&S On Board” catering service on these flights.
BA also flies to Milan Linate (as well as Malpensa airport) from London Heathrow up to six times a day and it is possible to “mix and match” flights if convenient.
The addition of this route at London Stansted means BA now serves nine routes at this airport: Berlin, Faro, Florence, Geneva, Ibiza, Malaga, Nice, and Palma.