British Airways is increasing capacity on its Edinburgh – London City service by 15 per cent.
BA CityFlyer, the wholly-owned subsidiary of British Airways will increase its schedule on May 2 from seven to eight daily return flights between the Scottish capital and the London Docklands airport, operating a 98-seater Embraer 190 aircraft.
The improved schedule will mean a new 7.45am service from Edinburgh to London City and an 8.50pm service from the Docklands airport to the Scottish capital.
The new service means that BA will operate a total of 21 return services a day between Edinburgh and London, linking Scottish passengers with the UK capital and the European and global networks of BA, its joint business partner Iberia, American Airlines and the oneworld Alliance.
As well as the eight return services a day between Edinburgh and London City Airport, BA also operates nine return services a day to Heathrow’s T5 and four return services a day to Gatwick.
Luke Hayhoe, commercial manager, BA CityFlyer, added, “We have been operating the Edinburgh - London City route since 2003 and it continues to be a very popular route with both business and leisure customers.”
“The airport’s location, at the heart of London’s financial district, obviously makes it ideal for commuting between the Docklands and Scotland’s two major cities, both of which have a strong financial services sector.
“However, leisure passengers are becoming increasingly aware of just how convenient London City Airport is for the centre of London for those wanting to take in the sights or West End show in the city’s Theatreland district.”
“Our new schedule between London City and Edinburgh means we now have three services departing Edinburgh before eight in the morning.
And our new late evening flight from London City at 8.50pm, will give business customers the opportunity to extend their working day should they need to do so.”
Kevin Brown, Managing Director, Edinburgh Airport, said: “There has been much debate recently about the best way to connect Scotland to London and announcements like today’s by Cityflyer shows that aviation is still the choice of business and leisure passengers.
“No other mode can give the frequency or flexibility it offers.”
“We want to give our passengers a choice of routes and London City is a great airport for quickly accessing the City of London. We look forward to working with BA Cityflyer in continuing to offer passengers the best possible service from Edinburgh.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
- All inclusive one-way fares between London City and Glasgow and Edinburgh are available from £48 on www.ba.com
- Fares include generous free baggage allowance, free seat selection and check-in options 24 hours before departure and complimentary catering and drinks on board.
- The London City – Edinburgh service began operating in 2003.
- BA City Flyer operates the youngest fleet of aircraft in the UK
- 11 new Embraer 170 and 190SR aircraft.