London Heathrow & London City Flight Cancellations due to Alitalia Industrial Action on Wednesday 5 April 2017

Alitalia Airbus A320
Alitalia Airbus A320

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.

Alitalia has published guidance for affected passengers which includes details of its rebooking policies.  A full list of cancellations is also available here.

If your flight is cancelled you have the option of a refund or an alternative fight up to Friday 14 April 2017.

The cancellations include the following flights between London Heathrow and London City Airports and Milan and Rome.

Please note that these are pre-planned cancellations.  There may well be additional cancellations due to other operational issues on the day.

You can check live flight information on the websites of Heathrow and London City airports on the day of travel.

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CityJet suspends London City – Rotterdam route from 1 May 2017

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.

Alitalia – London Heathrow & London City cancellations due to strike action

A number of trade unions representing employees of Alitalia are due to take industrial action on Thursday 23 February 2017.

As a consequence, approximately 60% of Alitalia’s domestic and international flights are cancelled on Thursday 23 February and there are further cancellations Friday 24 February.

These include the following flights between London Heathrow and London City Airports and Milan and Rome.

Please note that these are pre-planned cancellations.  There may well be additional cancellations due to severe weather in the U.K. caused by Storm Doris.  In addition, some airport ground facilities in Italy may also be affected by industrial action.
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British Airways launches new routes from London City & London Stansted to Milan Linate airport from late April 2017

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.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

Here’s the timetable:
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British Airways to suspend London City – Geneva route from mid-June to mid-September 2017 [Corrected]

BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport
BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport
Another week, another London City route suspension!

After announcing the cancellation of Alicante & Madrid and Angers & Hamburg, BA is to also suspend its London City – Geneva route for the summer season from mid June to mid September 2017.

The last flights operate on Friday 16 June 2017 and resume on Monday 11 September 2017.

The affected flight numbers are BA2280, BA2281, BA2284, BA2285, BA 2286 and BA2287. 

Affected passengers will have the option of a refund or being accommodated on a BA flight to Geneva from London Heathrow, which operates up to eight times daily. Passengers should contact either BA or their travel agent.

Swiss will continue to fly London City – Geneva year round up to three times daily.

Note: An earlier version of this article stated that the route suspension was for the entire summer season (late March to late October).  This was incorrect as we had erroneously inferred that a summer suspension was for the whole of the summer timetable.

British Airways suspends London City – Angers / Hamburg routes from late March 2017

BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport
BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport

British Airways is to suspend its routes from London City to Angers and Hamburg from late March 2017.

Flights to Angers (Arville Airport) had intended to operate three times weekly on a summer seasonal basis from Monday 27 March 2017 to Friday 27 October 2017. All of these flights have now been suspended. Affected passengers have the option of being rerouted BA’s twice weekly summer seasonal service to Nantes from London Heathrow or a full refund.

The affected flight numbers are BA8743 and and BA8744.

Flights to Hamburg currently operate up to three times daily and will be permanently suspended from Sunday 26 March 2017. Affected passengers have the option of being rerouted on BA’s daily services from London Heathrow or a full refund.

The affected flight numbers are BA3291, BA3292, BA3293, BA3294, BA3295 and BA3296.

Affected passengers should contact either BA or their travel agent.

British Airways launches new summer seasonal route from London City to Skiathos

BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport
BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport

British Airways is to launch a new summer seasonal route from London City airport to the Greek island of Skiathos.

Flights will operate from Monday 26 June 2017 to Wednesday 6 September 2017, three times a week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to Skiathos Island National Airport.

Flights will be operated using Embraer E190 aircraft in a two class, Club Europe business class and EuroTraveller economy configuration.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

Separately BA has announced that London City – Mykonos will operate five times weekly in the summer (every day, except Tuesdays and Saturdays).

This route announcement does increase BA’s summer seasonal coverage of Greece which also includes Chania, Corfu, Kalamata, Kos, Mykonos, Santorini and Zakynthos from London Heathrow.

London City – Skiathos

Flight BA2225 Depart London City 07:10 – Arrive Skiathos 12:30 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Flight BA2224 Depart Skiathos 13:15 – Arrive 14:55 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)