British Airways continues to expand its operations at London's City airport (LCY) with the launch of two new services on March 25. It also says that schedules from this airport will be further expanded in the years ahead.
BA will begin a much requested service to Glasgow operating up to four times a day in each direction, with fares from £78 return. No other carrier plies this route.It will also begin flying up to four times a day to Zurich in competition with Swiss and priced from £98 return.
At the same time BA will expand its Edinburgh route. It will ply the route up to eight times a day as against seven currently.Flights are being operated by BA's Cityflyer division because BA Connect, which currently operates for BA at LCY, is in the process of being sold to budget carrier Flybe.
The Glasgow timings tend to suit business passengers originating in Scotland rather than the London area. Flights depart LCY at 0910, 1340, 1800 and 1920 returning from Glasgow at 0700, 0830, 1225 and 1550.
BA's Zurich timings seem to be aimed at London rather than Zurich-originating executives. Departures from LCY are at 0705, 1040, 1435 and 1730 returning from Zurich at 1025, 1540, 1800 and 2045.
On the other hand, BA reports that its passengers can and do 'mix and match' their flights between City, Heathrow and Gatwick airports depending on convenience.
Says BA Cityflyer MD, David Evans, "Our schedules from LCY have been well received by the business community and the latest of our route offerings are very much at the top of the airport's "wish list." London City will be a major focus for us over the next few years. We continue to evaluate other opportunities as we plan our schedules for 2008 and beyond."
For more information go to ba.com.
Report by Alex McWhirter