The great merry go round of route changes at London City continues.
Skywork Airlines suspends Basel
Skywork Airlines is to withdraw from London City with the suspension of its route to Basel from Sunday 29 October 2017.
Any one with bookings after this date will be entitled to a full refund. Basel will continue to be served by BA from Heathrow, easyJet from Luton and Gatwick and Ryanair from Stansted. The news was confirmed in a press release last week.
VLM returns to London City
On a more positive note, VLM Airlines is to return to London City.
VLM will take over London City – Antwerp from CityJet from Monday 30 October 2017. VLM will fly to Antwerp three times daily Monday – Wednesday, four times daily Thursday – Friday and twice daily on Sundays.
Flights will be operated with a 50 seat Fokker 50 turboprop aircraft and are on sale at FlyVLM.com.
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.
A number of trade unions representing employees of Alitalia are due to take industrial action on Wednesday 5 April 2017.
As a consequence, a substantial number of flights have been cancelled on Wednesday. In addition, there are a number of cancellations on Tuesday 4 April 2017 and Thursday 6 April 2017.
The background to the dispute is that Alitalia is currently in negotiations with its shareholders and banks over the airline’s future. Management have proposed a new business plan which would involve substantial redundancies which trade unions are protesting against.
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.
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.