Return of routes at London City Airport to boost passenger confidence
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Posted: 21 March 2022 | International Airport Review | No comments yet
The return and addition of new core routes at London City Airport will ensure momentum in passenger growth and travel confidence, as part of the airport’s post-COVID-19 recovery.
Credit: London City Airport (LCY)
British Airways (BA) CityFlyer starts new routes from London City Airport (LCY) to Milan Malpensa and Luxembourg on the 27 March 2022, plus connections to Rotterdam and Nice also resume. This means that 20 of the 25 routes that BA CityFlyer operated in 2019 have now returned to the schedule.
ITA will also be starting flights from LCY to Milan Linate on the 28 March 2022.
The return of these core routes comes as the airport sees momentum in passenger growth with its fourth consecutive busiest week since the start of the pandemic. Business traffic is also making a return since the easing of travel restrictions for passengers arriving into the UK, with 2019 business traffic share reached, representing 46 per cent of passenger journeys. In particular, core business routes Edinburgh, Zurich, Amsterdam, and Dublin are all seeing strong growth.
The latest figures indicate that London City Airport is on track to have its best month since the pandemic began, up 40 per cent on February 2022’s figures.
The summer outlook is also looking strong with LCY to connect to 36 destinations this summer, reaching nearly 80 per cent of 2019 destinations.
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London City Airport’s, Head of Aviation, Anne Doyere commented: “We are delighted to see key routes and strong passenger growth returning to LCY. The demand from customers has given us real confidence heading into the summer this year (2022). It’s also testament to the agility of our airlines providing convenient flight times and competitive pricing that benefit our customers.”
Commenting on the removal of all travel restrictions, Doyere added: “The UK government’s removal of all remaining travel restrictions, including the complicated Passenger Locator Form and all testing requirements, is hugely welcome news for our passengers and will make travel easier again. This will help businesses get moving, boosting consumer confidence in travel ahead of Easter and summer, where LCY will be connecting to 36 destinations across Europe and the UK.”
Air traffic control/management (ATC/ATM), Airport development, Airside operations, COVID-19, Passenger experience and seamless travel, Passenger volumes, Route development, Terminal operations, Testing