MIAMI– BA Cityflyer (CJ), a subsidiary of British Airways (BA), has suspended services over a six month period from Manchester (MAN) and London Stansted (STN) airports. Additionally, CJ will now serve 11 destinations from Southampton Airport (SOU) in 2021, capitalizing on potential holiday travel.
“This is an exciting opportunity for the British Airways family. The ideal location of the airport and excellent facilities on offer will hugely benefit our customers along the South Coast as they plan to take to the skies again and book a well-deserved holiday in the sun.”, said Managing Director of CJ Tom Stoddart.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a dramatic decrease in business travel, and regional carriers like CJ are altering their strategy to capitalize on limited demand.
All services operated by CJ from MAN and STN will be suspended from March 29 to October 31, 2021. CJ has advised customers to either rebook with BA through Heathrow (LHR) or utilize London City (LCY) for continued service on CJ. This change mainly affects passengers flying to destinations in Southern Europe and the Greek Isles.
BA Cityflyer will operate weekend flights on its Embraer E190’s to 11 destinations from SOU between May 1 and October 31, 2021.
- Spain: Malaga (AGP), Ibiza (IBA), Palma de Mallorca (PMI)
- France: Bergerac Dordogne Périgord (EGC), Limoges–Bellegarde (LIG), Nice Côte d’Azur (NCE)
- Italy: Florence (FLR)
- Greece: Faro (FAO), Mykonos (JMK)
- Germany: Berlin (BER)
- Scotland: Edinburgh (EDI)
SOU was previously anchored by Flybe (BE), until the massive regional carrier ceased operations in March 2020. This move leaves room for further growth at SOU as the airline industry recovers from COVID-19.
“Today’s announcement from British Airways is fantastic news for Southampton Airport and the region during what has been the most challenging of years”, said SOU Operations Director Steve Szalay. “It’s also great to see BA return to the airport once again and the range of excellent destinations on offer is sure to be a welcome early Christmas present for passengers looking to plan a European holiday next summer.”
Featured Image: BA Embraer E190. PHOTO: Stuart Bailey/British Airways