Swiss carrier Baboo will commence flights from Geneva to London this winter, with a twice-daily service to London City from the end of October, and a weekly service to London Oxford from December.
The airline will fill the gap left by Air France, which is dropping its service between LCY and Geneva (see online news September 22). Air France will now codeshare on the twelve times-weekly Baboo service, operated by Bombardier Q400 aircraft. Flights depart LCY at 0900 and 1830, arriving into Geneva at 1155 and 2125, with the return legs departing Geneva at 0735 and 1705, landing into LCY at 0830 and 1800.
The move makes sense for Baboo, as the carrier is virtually unknown in the UK market, and will benefit from the association with Air France, which is the biggest carrier out of LCY under its Cityjet brand.
Meanwhile the newly branded London Oxford Airport is to launch its first international scheduled flights this December, with a weekly route to Geneva operated by Baboo.
The airline will operate a Saturday service from December 19 again using Bombardier Q400 aircraft, with flights departing Oxford at 1405 and arriving into Geneva at 1700. The return leg leaves Geneva at 1220, landing into Oxford at 1320.
The seasonal route will appeal to skiers based around the Oxford and Thames Valley catchment area, and is a sign of the airport’s growing ambitions. The facility recently changed its name from Oxford airport to London Oxford airport, despite the fact it is located around 60 miles from the capital in Kidlington, Oxfordshire.
Report by Mark Caswell