Six new services for London City

19 Oct 2006 by business traveller

Lufthansa is adding Hamburg and Nuremburg to its growing network of flights from London's City airport (LCY). It comes at a time when LCY is more popular than ever with passengers seeking to avoid the security hold-ups at Heathrow.

On October 29, the German airline will launch twice daily weekday flights to Hamburg along with a once daily service on weekdays to Nuremburg. There is a single flight on Sundays only to Hamburg.

Flights to Hamburg are being operated by partner carrier Cirrus using a Dash-8 turbo-prop. Flight LH4821 departs LCY at 0915 arriving in the North German port city at 1215 with flight LH4825 departing at 1810 and arriving in Hamburg at 2110.

Inbound flights to LCY see flight LH4820 departing Hamburg at 0745 (arriving LCY at 0845) and flight LH4824 departing at 1640 (arriving 1740). Flights LH4825/4824 also operate on Sunday.

Lufthansa's single flight to Nuremburg are being provided by Contact Air using an ATR42 turbo-prop. This operates only on weekdays with LH4823 leaving LCY at 1300 reaching Nuremburg at 1615. Return service LH4822 departs at 1100 to land at LCY at 1230.

Another four routes are being launched by private Italian carrier Air One including services to its country's capital and main business destination.

As exclusively revealed in Business Traveller (see Online news, September 28) Air One will inaugurate twice daily (single daily frequency at weekends) flights from LCY to Milan's close-in Linate airport on November 20. This will be followed on January 8 with a similar schedule to Rome Fiumicino.

But now Air One has announced its intention to add daily services to Genoa and Turin from January 29. Says Giorgio de Roni, the airline's VP network and marketing, "Looking at the growing demand surrounding London City we feel that Italy is currently an under-served market. We believe the airport's location will be the key to the success of Air One's London operation."

Adds LCY's MD Richard Gooding, "Route development at London City is driven purely by customer demand. We have very close links with the business community and work with them to provide the direct air transport services they need. Air One is very keen to develop services to Italy and we wish them every success."

Except for BA Connect's service to Milan Malpensa, none of these cities are currently served from LCY.

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Report by Alex McWhirter

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