Flybe touches down at London City with seven routes
anna.aero was delighted to be invited by Flybe to the opening of the airline’s “virtual base” at London City Airport on 27 October. Following the decision to dispose the majority of its London Gatwick slots to easyJet earlier this year, Flybe commenced operations at London City on 6 October with the launch of 20 times weekly services to Edinburgh, followed on 20 October by 15 weekly flights to Belfast City. Nevertheless, the grand arrival of the UK regional airline at London City took place on 27 October, when the carrier launched four new routes to Aberdeen, Dublin, Exeter and Inverness.
Besides all of these, Flybe will also launch the 344-kilometre sector to Amsterdam on 1 November, an airport pair extensively competed by CityJet’s 49 weekly flights as well as British Airways’ 37 weekly operations. With the exception of the Dutch flights, which will operate on Saturdays and Sundays only, all of the new services will fly into London City, making the airport a “virtual base” with no night-stopping aircraft.
The airline’s London services are completed by the Stobart Air-operated routes at London Southend which commenced on 17 May, as well as the remainder of its Gatwick flights, which operate just to Newquay, a route served thrice-daily. In fact, it was announced recently that the airline will operate the link between Gatwick and Newquay for another four years. This route is supported by a Public Service Obligation, which will see up to £2.8m of funding support provided by the Government over the next four years to safeguard the vital air link.
Overall, Flybe’s operations at London’s fifth busiest airport are summarised in the table below. Noteworthy is the fact that the carrier’s average weekly frequency across the seven new airport pairs is 14.4.
|Launched||From||To||Aircraft (WF)||Competition (WF)|
|06 Oct||London City (LCY)||Edinburgh (EDI)||DH4 (20)||British Airways (51)|
|20 Oct||Belfast City (BHD)||DH4 (15)|
|27 Oct||Aberdeen (ABZ)||DH4 (12)|
|Dublin (DUB)||DH4 (23)||CityJet (42), British Airways (26)|
|Exeter (EXT)||DH4 (17)|
|Inverness (INV)||DH4 (12)|
|01 Nov||Amsterdam (AMS)||DH4 (2)||CityJet (49), British Airways (37)|
|Source: anna.aero New Route Database. Innovata / Diio Mi. WF = Weekly frequencies.|
With the opening of its new “virtual base” at London City, the airline hosted a special “Breakfast of the Regions” by Saad Hammad, CEO, at Newham Council Offices in London on 27 October. Furthermore, anna.aero has specially baked a delicious cake which was cut by Hammad and Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland.