British Airways is launching routes from London City Airport to Rotterdam and Florence in March.
The national carrier will also add extra daily flights from the airport to Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Zurich.
It plans to add three new Embraer aircraft to its fleet at London City, with the first two 98-seat jets arriving in May. When the third plane arrives, 17 BA aircraft — a mix of Embraer 170s and 190s — will be based there.
BA’s new Rotterdam route will run five times daily, while the service to Florence will operate four times per week. Both routes begin on March 31. And, according to ba.com, the airline is retaining its Heathrow to Rotterdam service.
At the same time, the airline is also increasing capacity on its London City to Dusseldorf route by replacing the current Saab turboprop aircraft with an Embraer jet.
The net result is that, from March, BA will fly to 25 destinations direct from the Docklands airport.
Adam Carson, managing director of British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer, said: “The growth of London City Airport will allow us to further grow our own business there.
“Although London City was built primarily as a business airport we have seen a huge demand from our customers for more holiday destinations. We have seen growth in both the leisure and business markets and the two new routes we are launching reflects that.
“Rotterdam is obviously a very important business centre while Florence is the gateway to the beautiful region of Tuscany.”
Earlier this month, it was announced that BA has teamed up with Tourvest Duty Free to launch a ‘buy before you fly’ service delivering goods direct to your seat (see news, November 4).