British Airways now serves over 20 destinations from London City; Venice and Aberdeen added this month

Having launched four new routes from London City Airport in May, British Airways has now reshifted capacity from its seasonal routes to make space for the two latest new routes to Venice and Aberdeen.

British Airways continues to evolve its operations at London City Airport, the UK capital’s only ‘downtown’ airport located in Canary Wharf. The vast majority of its routes are operated by BA CityFlyer (a wholly-owned BA subsidiary) using Embraer E-jets, but the airline’s highest-profile route to New York JFK (using an A318) is operated by British Airways itself and Billund in Denmark is operated by BA franchise partner Sun-Air.

This month has seen the launch of two new destinations; Aberdeen in Scotland and Venice in Italy. British Airways already serves Aberdeen from London Heathrow with 13 daily flights on weekdays, and also serves Venice daily from both London Heathrow and London Gatwick. These two new routes at London City to some extent replace the capacity lost by the ending of seasonal routes this summer to Menorca in Spain, and Angers and Quimper in France, routes which were launched at the end of May.

Start Date Destination WF Comment
7 June 2011 Malaga (AGP) 4 year-round service
8 June 2011 Faro (FAO) 3 summer only
25 May 2012 Menorca (MAH) 3 until 28 September 2012
28 May 2012 Isle of Man (IOM) 5 Increased to 18/week from 25 June
29 May 2012 Angers (ANE) 3 until 6 October 2012
30 May 2012 Quimper (UIP) 2 until 16 September 2012
17 September 2012 Venice (VCE) 6 year-round service
23 September 2012 Aberdeen (ABZ) 16
Source: new route database

One route that failed to deliver was Copenhagen, which was launched in September 2010 and operated 11-times weekly but was last operated on 25 May 2012.

New York JFK route carried 21,622 passengers in 2011

According to UK CAA data, the New York JFK service (which operates with a technical stop in Shannon on westbound flights only) carried 21,622 in 2011, up 12% on the previous year. Two 32-seat A318s are used on the route.

BA's network from London City Weekly departures October 12 v October 11

Source: Innovata data for October 2011 and October 2012 All flights operated by BA CityFlyer except *(operated by British Airways via Shannon on westbound flight) and **(operated by Sun-Air)

Edinburgh remains the airline’s leading route with regard to weekly frequency, followed by Glasgow and Amsterdam. With the addition of Aberdeen and the Isle of Man this year, domestic routes now account for over 40% of weekly flights. British Airways branded flights currently account for around 40% of the airport’s total seat capacity, with Air France marketed flights (operated by CityJet) representing just over 30%, while Swiss accounts for 15% with its flights to Basel, Geneva and Zurich.

Passenger numbers at London City Airport (which handled just under three million passengers in 2011) were up in the first five months of this year, but down in the period June to August.


  1. Mark says:

    Hopeful that BA might start flights to Belfast City (BHD) from London City given they are now flying the BHD-LHR route as per their take-over from BMI. It would be a great addition to their domestic network!

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