BA boosts capacity on Cityflyer routes

Cityflyer, a short-haul subsidiary of British Airways (BA), has revealed that its summer timetable from London City Airport will include 39 flights per week to popular leisure destinations. Luke Hayhoe, commercial manager at Cityflyer, said that the expansion was in response to growing customer demand.

From May 2011, Cityflyer will double the number of seats available on flights to Nice in France. Capacity on routes to Palma on Majorca and to the Balearic Island of Ibiza will also increase from July 2011. Perhaps even more exciting, for Docklands flyers, at least, is the addition of three new routes from London City: Faro in Portugal, Malaga in Spain, and the French commune of Pau in the Pyrenees. Flights to Faro begin on June 7. The first plane to Malaga takes off a day later, on June 8.

Pau, on the other hand, will be served by Cityflyer from April 2 2011. Flights to the French town are available from just two UK airports (Southampton and Stansted) at present, making the destination a rather unique addition to London City’s schedules. Pau is located close to the border between France and Spain, but the town has little in common with Mediterranean resorts on similar longitude, such as Marseille and Nice. Fans of motor racing and architecture will find the greatest joy in Pau, but holidaymakers looking for a scenic route to the Pyrenean ski resorts should also consider flying to Pau’s Pyrenees Airport.

Flights from London City to Pau will operate three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The route will use an Avro RJ85 aeroplane, marking it as one of the first new routes from Cityflyer to use an aircraft other than the Embraer 170 or the 190. However, both Faro and Malaga will be served by the new Embraer jets. Cityflyer will travel to the Portuguese resort four times a week, while the route to Malaga will operate on a thrice-weekly basis. The two flights will be available all year round.

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