After a long period of contraction at London City airport, CityJet is to officially withdraw scheduled passenger flights from Sunday 28 October 2018.
CityJet has been progressively suspending routes. In recent years, it has suspended Antwerp, Avignon, Edinburgh, Nantes, Paris Orly, Rotterdam and Toulon.
At present, it is left with just three routes: A codeshare on KLM operated flights to Amsterdam; daily flights to Dublin; and a seasonal route to Florence.
As a consequence of today’s announcement:
– The codeshare on KLM’s service to Amsterdam will end on Saturday 28 October 2018.
– Aer Lingus will take over the sale of CityJet’s service to Dublin from Saturday 28 October 2018. The route will be operated for Aer Lingus by CityJet Avro RJ85 aircraft aircraft and crews in Aer Lingus livery
Cobalt Air is to fly from London Heathrow to Larnaca from Tuesday 27 March 2018
The airline will fly from London Heathrow Terminal 3 to Larnaca daily. Flights will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft in a two class configuration.
Cobalt Air is a relatively young airline. It first operated under two years ago. It also flies from London Gatwick and Stansted. It is not a member of any of the three major airline alliances.
Cobalt Air is particularly keen to emphaise that it will be offering its latest business product on this route, which offers dedicated seating in a 2-2 configuration and a 40″ seat pitch.
Currently, the London Heathrow – Larnaca routes is the exclusive domain of BA.
It is treated as a short-haul route which means BA offers Club Europe business class and EuroTraveller economy.
(The now defunct Cyprus Airways sold its one Heathrow slot pair to American Airlines in 2014 for $31 million.)
Given that Cobalt Air will offer a significantly superior business class product to BA’s Club Europe, BA may be forced to effectively switch the route from short-haul to long-haul.
BA made a similar move many years ago, switching Moscow to a combination of long-haul configured Airbus A321s and widebody Boeing aircraft. BA also operates London Heathrow – Tel Aviv, which has a similar flight length to Larnaca, with widebody Boeing aircraft.
CityJet has once again reduced further its presence at London City Airport. The airline has suspended its routes from the airport to Antwerp and Florence from Friday 27 October 2017.
This comes on top of suspensions to Nantes and Paris Orly as well as Rotterdam. CityJet will continue to fly to Dublin. It will also fly to Amsterdam in conjunction with KLM, leaving just two regular routes. Its summer seasonal routes to Avignon and Toulon are not currently showing as available for booking in 2018.
CityJet was the only airline to fly between London and Antwerp. Florence is well served by year round flights by BA from London City and summer seasonal from Stansted. Its IAG sibling Vueling also flies to Florence year round from London Gatwick and Luton.
Affected CityJet passengers with bookings after 27 October 2017 on these cancelled routes should contact either CityJet or their travel agent.
Update January 2018
London City – Florence is scheduled to resume daily from Sunday 25 March 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018.
In recent years, new and growing aviation hubs west of the UK have offered new one-stop connections to new destinations in the United States. Aer Lingus launched Hartford from Dublin last year. And today, the Icelandic based airline Wow air has announced four new routes to the US from its hub rapidly growing in Reykjavík.
These are Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit and St Louis. All, apart from Detroit, are (for now, at least) not served by direct flights from London.
Primera Air is to launch direct flights frowm London Stansted to Boston and Newark in the spring of 2018.
Flights from London Stansted to Boston will launch on Saturday 19 May 2018, operating four times weekly.
Flights to from London Stansted to Newark will launch on Thursday 19 April 2018, operating daily.
These flights will be the first transatlantic operations from London Stansted in many years.
What is also noteworthy is that Primera Air will be using the Airbus A321 aircraft, in a two class economy and premium economy configuration.
Primera Air will be the first airline to use this aircraft for transatlantic flights from the U.K. It will be interesting to see if this aircraft facilitates more expansion and more new entrants into the market, in the same way the Boeing 787 facilitated the arrival of Norwegian at London Gatwick and the launch of many new routes by BA at London Heathrow.
The airline is a relatively unknown name in the UK. Its operations are mainly based in Scandinavia, operating short-haul flights in Europe.
Primera Air is of course not the first airline to seek to enter the UK transatlantic market. There is a long list of airlines that have tried and failed: eos, MaxJet, SilverJet and La Compagnie.
Given that its rivals offer very high levels of frequency on this route and many of its passengers are wielded to their frequent flyer cards, a strong marketing effort will also be required to generate traffic.
If Primera Air is to be successful in what is a very competitive market then it will need to instil confidence, before and after launch, that it will have reliable operations with sufficient contingency plans if things go wrong.
Flights are on sale now at Primera Air with promotional fares from £149 each way.
Update February 2018:. Primera Air has since announced it will launch three times weekly flights to Toronto Pearson from Saturday 19 May 2018 and four times weekly flights to Washington Dulles from Wednesday 22 August 2018.
London Stansted – Boston
Flight PF043 Depart London Stansted 17:00 – Arrive Boston 20:10 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
Flight PF044 Depart Boston 21:40 – London Stansted 09:30 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
London Stansted – Newark
Flight PF041 Depart London Stansted 17:55 – Arrive Newark 21:20
Flight PF042 Depart Newark 22:50 – Arrive London Stansted 11:00
CityJet is to reduce further its presence at London City airport with the suspension of its route to Rotterdam from 1 May 2017.
The route, which operated up to four times daily and was codeshared with Air France and KLM is suspended from Monday 1 May 2017. The last flights will operate on Sunday 30 April 2017.
This follows a number of London City route suspensions by CityJet which include Nantes and Paris Orly from Sunday 27 March 2017.
CityJet will continue to fly to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Dublin, and Florence year round. It will also fly on a summer seasonal basis to Avignon (from 19 May 2017 to 8 September 2017) and Toulon (from 8 April 2017 to 26 October 2017).
British Airways will continue to fly from London City to Rotterdam up to five times daily on weekdays.
Affected passengers should contact either CityJet or their travel agent.
CityJet is to suspend its routes from London City to Nantes and Paris Orly permanently from Sunday 27 March 2017.
CityJet currently flies to Paris Orly and Nantes up to four times daily/weekly respectively.
The airline has scaled back signficantly at London City in recent years. It was once the dominant airline at the airport but has lost out as BA has grown through organic growth with its new fleet of Embraer aircraft and Flybe and KLM have entered the airport.
CityJet will continue to fly to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Dublin, Florence and Rotterdam year round. It will also fly on a summer seasonal basis to Avignon (from 19 May 2017 to 8 September 2017) and Toulon (from 8 April 2017 to 26 October 2017).
CityJet was the only airline to fly to Nantes and Paris Orly from London City. BA operates a summer seasonal service to Nantes from London Heathrow. easyJet also flies to Nantes from London Gatwick. BA flies year round to Paris Orly and transferred the route from Heathrow to London City.
Affected passengers with bookings after 27 March 2017 on these routes should contact either CityJet or their travel agent.
Cape Town in South Africa has long been a very popular destination for Britons seeking winter sun.
However, direct flight options between London and Cape Town have in the past year become limited to British Airways following the withdrawal of Virgin Atlantic’s seasonal route and the previous suspension by South African Airways.
Thomas Cook has now entered the market with the launch of a three times weekly flight between London Gatwick and Cape Town.
The flight will operate for three months from 15 December 2016 to 20 March 2017.
Flights will be operated using Airbus A330 aircraft in a two class economy and premium configuration.
The flight times have not yet been published.
This route adds to a growing portfolio of long-haul leisure routes at London Gatwick with Norwegian’s expanding transatlantic network and WestJet and Air Canada Rouge due to launch flights to Canada from London Gatwick next year.
The airline since moved its London – Larnaca route to London Stansted. The European Commission today ruled that financial support received by the airline was deemed to be state aid and had to be repaid.
Cyprus Air has confirmed on website that it has now ceased operations after nearly 70 years’ flying.
When airlines do go out of business, it is standard practice for other airlines to offer assistance to stranded passengers and those with future bookings. This usually takes the form of offering seats at special fares or for the price paid for the original ticket, known as “rescue fares”.
Ryanair Rescue Fares
Ryanair has confirmed it is offering rescue fares from €49.99 on the following routes: Athens – Paphos; Thessaloniki – Paphos; and London Stansted – Paphos. Bookings can be made at the following link until next Friday 16 January.
British Airways Rescue Fares
British Airways flies to Larnaca from London Heathrow (Terminal 5) and Gatwick (North Terminal). BA is offering a special fare for travel up to the end of January 2015. This can only be booked via a BA call centre or at a BA ticket desk at Gatwick, Heathrow and Larnaca airports.
There’s more on ba.com The numbers of the BA call centre are 0844 493 0787 (UK) +800 92556 (Cyprus) and +44 203 564 5911 (elsewhere).
easyJet also flies to Larnaca from Gatwick. We should hear in the coming days if it is willing to offer assistance to stranded passengers.