British Airways, the UK flag carrier has reported it’s busiest year at its London City Hub, where its subsidiary BA Cityflyer, operates flights to over 30 destinations, around Europe, from the thames airport.

On the 29th of August 2018, they announced that they will be adding 4 Embraer E190s to their fleet in 2019, bringing the fleet total to 26 aircraft.

Their fleet is a mix of Embraer E170s & E190s. These 4 aircraft will increase their overall capacity by 20%, enabling them to increase frequencies and start new routes.

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The start of this expansion starts on the 11th of November, when a new year-round service to Rome starts, which will be the first of a number of new routes.

These new routes will be announced over the next few months, once airlines start to publish their summer 2019 schedules.

In addition to this, they will also be adding a fifth daily Zurich flight, during the weekdays, as this is one of their most popular routes.

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The Managing Director of BA Cityflyer had this to say about the recent announcement:

“It is an exciting time for us at London City Airport. The four new aircraft shows our commitment to giving our customers an even bigger range of destinations and flight times.”

“This growth will see the number of job opportunities in East London increase with direct employment opportunities for pilots, cabin crew, and engineers, as well as indirect roles for our various suppliers in and around the airport.”

General Manager Luke Hayhoe added:

“It is very positive to continue the year-on-year-expansion at London City Airport. We added 13% more capacity in 2018 and will add nearly 20% in 2019. The new route to Rome will increase the number of British Airways destinations from London City Airport to 33.”

Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at London City Airport also added:

“BA Cityflyer is London City Airport’s largest airline partner and this investment in four additional E-Jets demonstrates an absolute commitment to its base at London’s most central airport, and continued growth as we enter 2019.”

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“An enlarged fleet will mean more choice for tourists and business travelers alike, giving customers more flights to the destinations they love, under the British Airways brand. Introducing a Rome service and adding frequency to Zurich, already one of our busiest routes, keeps London connected to major European cities, and is a real endorsement of the London City proposition by our home-based carrier. We look forward to further new route announcements in the near future.”

It will be interesting to see where they announce, they will start flying to next and how big their fleet will grow, with the current expansion that is taking place at London City Airport.

Very interesting times lie ahead for BA Cityflyer. With mainline BA using Cityflyer for the predominantly low-cost operations, they ultimately will be aiming to seek some market share against their competitors.