BA buys jets, adds Stockholm route

A route from London City Airport to Stockholm, Sweden, is the latest in a series of new destinations by UK flag-carrier, British Airways (BA).

The flight, which will be operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of BA, the appropriately named, CityFlyer, will enter circulation on January 9 2011. CityFlyer’s commercial boss, Luke Hayhoe, claims that Stockholm was “an exciting choice” for a new route, especially as a similar flight to Sweden’s Nordic neighbour, Denmark, had been a “success.”

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, was founded next to Lake Malaren, a place of some importance to local communities, in the middle of the 13th century. The city’s unusual position, atop several small islands on the coast of the Baltic Sea, has led some visitors to refer to Stockholm as the ‘Venice of the North.’

According to news website, ABTN, CityFlyer will eventually operate its London City-Stockholm connection with one of two new E-190 aircraft, due for delivery in "early spring."

The second aeroplane remains in operational limbo, however, but Luke Hayhoe claims that the airline “presents opportunities for us to further expand our London City schedule.”

Despite being owned by BA, CityFlyer has none of its parent company’s international aspirations. The airline, which only has the one base at London City, travels to destinations in Western Europe exclusively, including Glasgow and Edinburgh in the UK, Copenhagen in Denmark, and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in Holland. A CityFlyer route to Chambery in France will also begin operating from the Docklands hub on December 18 2010.

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