Dublin-based Stobart Air is to operate a number of flights for British Airways at London City airport.

Aviationtribune.com reports that Stobart will be leasing two Embraer 190s (the aircraft type operated by BA Cityflyer at LCY), complete with crew, maintenance and insurance.

British Airways has confirmed to Business Traveller that Stobart is providing one aircraft from October 16 until the end of next summer, and a second aircraft from the end of January until the end of June 2019.

BA said that the aircraft would provide extra capacity  in advance of the carrier taking delivery of four previously announced additional aircraft.

The airline added that it had previously used Eastern Airways to provide such capacity, under a contract which recently ended.

The news follows on from our report last month that Stobart (which operates on behalf of Flybe at Southend) would be axing six routes from London Southend over the coming months.

Luke Hayhoe, BA’s GM commercial and customer is quoted by Aviation Tribune as saying:

“We’re looking forward to working with Stobart Air within this new significant lease agreement. This relationship will ensure we will continue to provide punctual and reliable services for our customers.”

Earlier this year British Airways announced that Loganair would operate its flights between London City airport and the Isle of Man under a wet lease agreement.