BA CityFlyer has launched its new London-Aberdeen service, connecting the Scottish city with London City Airport. The airline will operate one daily flight with an evening departure from London and morning return from Aberdeen.
BA CityFlyer’s London-Aberdeen takes off
British Airways regional subsidiary BA CityFlyer operated the inaugural flight of its latest route between London City Airport (LCY) and Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ) today. The new daily service will run from November 1st until January 22nd, 2023, onboard a BA CityFlyer Embraer ERJ-190.
Anne Doyere, Aviation Director at London City Airport, said,
“We are delighted BA CityFlyer is launching this route between London City Airport and Aberdeen that will provide even more choice for passengers, particularly in time for Christmas and Hogmanay. With six routes across the country, we offer the best, most comprehensive service between London and Scotland.”
As business travel rebounds, BA CityFlyer will connect Aberdeen with London’s business airport, noting its “proximity to London’s financial district, faster connections to the UK’s capital, and supporting businesses and helping drive economic growth.”
Operated by the Embraer ERJ-190
BA CityFlyer will deploy its Embraer ERJ-190 fleet on this route. The carrier’s ERJ-190s can seat up to 98 passengers in a single-class configuration, just over half the capacity parent carrier British Airways offers on its Airbus A320 London-Aberdeen flights.
The full schedule is as follows:
LCY to ABZ
- Mon and Tue – Departs LCY at 20:05, arrives at 21:35.
- Wed and Thu – Departs LCY at 21:00, arrives at 22:30.
- Fri – Departs LCY at 18:30, arrives at 20:00.
- Sat – Departs LCY at 11:20, arrives at 12:50.
- Sun – Departs LCY at 20:25, arrives at 21:55.
ABZ to LCY
- Mon, Tue, Wed and Thu – Departs ABZ at 07:30, arrives at 09:05.
- Fri – Departs ABZ at 08:00, arrives at 09:35.
- Sat – Departs ABZ at 09:00, arrives at 10:35.
- Sun – Departs ABZ at 12:00, arrives at 13:35.
The regional airline currently has 22 ERJ-190s in its fleet – having phased out its small fleet of six Embraer ERJ-170s by early 2021, BA CityFlyer operates exclusively with the stretched -190 variant.
BA growth at Aberdeen
This new service joins parent company British Airways’ daily flights between Aberdeen and London Heathrow Airport (LHR). BA currently operates up to seven daily flights on this route with its fleet of Airbus A320-family aircraft.
Mark Beveridge, Operations Director at Aberdeen International Airport, added,
“It is great to see British Airways growing its offering and presence at Aberdeen International Airport with this new daily flight to London City. Routes like London City are important to help drive the economy connecting the business community to key markets.”
Serving a total of 23 destinations, London City Airport oversaw a strong performance in October with over 300,000 passengers handled, a 103% increase from 2021 and higher than the airport managed this August. For the summer as a whole, LCY attracted five times as many passengers compared to last year and noted strong load factors amid a resurgence in demand for business travel.
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