British Airways announces launch of Munich flights from London City

British Airways has announced the launch of a year-round service from London City Airport to Munich starting February next year.

The new thrice-a-day service will start on February 16, 2018. With the new service, British Airways will offer four German routes from London City, with each-way hand baggage only fares to Munich from £59.

In addition, British Airways will also add extra winter frequency on Berlin, Dublin and Prague routes from November 10 this year and to Geneva from December. Return flights to Berlin will go up to 18 a week, Dublin to 38 a week, Prague to seven a week and Geneva to 16 a week from December.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: ‘As promised we are adding more choice for our customers at London City Airport with a new route and extra frequency to four of our most popular destinations.

‘The addition of Munich to our schedule complements our existing flights to Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt and means that we will be flying 82 return flights a week to Germany direct from the Docklands this winter. The new route will increase the number of British Airways’ destinations from London City Airport to 34.’

Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: ‘A three-times-a-day Munich service is a further commitment to London City Airport operations by our home carrier, hot on the heels of the recent Rome announcement and BA CityFlyer’s fleet investment.

‘Munich is a German powerhouse for business, with Siemens a case in point for how this new route will expedite trade and investment between the cities. It is also an attractive leisure destination, evidenced right now as Bavarians and tourists celebrate the height of Oktoberfest. With the introduction of Munich to LCY’s route map, we are continuing to keep London connected to major European cities that we know passengers will love.’

British Airways announced in August that it will be adding four new aircraft to its fleet based at London City, as well as starting a new daily service to Rome and adding a fifth daily year-round service to Zurich in October. The year-round Rome route will commence on November 11, with one-way hand baggage only fares from £55.

Flybe launches first phase of 2019 summer schedule from Cardiff Airport

Flybe, the European regional airline, has announced the first phase of its 2019 summer schedule from Cardiff, offering a range of destinations for both leisure and business customers, Wales’ national airport said in a release.

As part of the first phase of Flybe’s summer 2019 schedule at Cardiff Airport, the airline will increase its services to Paris Charles de Gaulle to 10 return flights a week, and five return flights a week to Glasgow; extend ski flights to Chambery and Geneva until the end of April for Easter; and introduce popular routes to Faro, Venice, Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino and key business routes including Belfast City, Dublin and Edinburgh. The announcement of extra flights to Paris and Glasgow comes after increased demand for these destinations, and further capacity will be added when the second phase is released in the coming weeks, the airline said.

Allowing customers to plan early, seats are now on sale at flybe.com and are currently available for travel to and from Cardiff between March 31 and June 16, 2019. All routes will be operated on three aircraft now based at Cardiff Airport. Details of schedules will be available at www.flybe.com.

Flybe CCO, Roy Kinnear, commented: ‘We have listened to our customers’ feedback and know that many like to plan their travel far in advance. Our new schedule features many of our most popular high frequency services and also highlights Flybe’s ongoing commitment to unparalleled connectivity from regional airports to destinations across the UK, Europe and beyond.’

Cardiff Airport’s CEO, Deb Barber, added: ‘It’s great to see Flybe adding flights for Summer 2019 on sale early, giving our customers that extra time to plan, book and benefit from great fares.’

Flybe, which opened its Cardiff base in 2015, offers multiple opportunities for onward travel either with its own services or via its 11 code share partner airlines. The options are available via the ‘One Stop to the World’ link at http://onestop.flybe.com/en-GB/flights.

Jet2 launches new ski routes from Birmingham Airport

Jet2 has recently announced services to four top ski destinations – Geneva, Grenoble, Salzburg and Turin -from Birmingham Airport, giving skiers and snowboarders’ access to slopes in the French, Swiss, Austrian and Italian Alps and over 600 resorts to choose from across the four destinations.

Jet2’s ski programme from Birmingham Airport offers more than 40,000 ski seats, including up to three weekly services to Geneva with over 14,000 seats, giving access to 270 resorts including Tignes, Flaine and Verbier; twice weekly services to Turin on Saturday and Sunday offering nearly 12,000 seats, providing access to 214 ski resorts including Pila, Vars and Le Corbier; weekly Saturday services to Salzburg 4,500 seats, giving access to 130 ski resorts including Alpbach, Kaprun, Mayrhofen and Obertauern and a weekend service to Grenoble on Saturdays until February, when a Sunday service will be added, with almost 10,000 seats and access to 178 resorts including Morzine, Chamonix and Avoriaz.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are thrilled to be launching our ski programme from Birmingham Airport, giving local people access to the best slopes in the French, Swiss, Austrian and Italian Alps. We know that skiers want choice and flexibility, so that’s exactly what we have provided with these four top ski destinations from Birmingham Airport.

‘With great snow conditions so far this season, customers can also take advantage of our friendly low fares and 22kg of baggage and ski allowance, whilst enjoying our award winning service as they head to this fresh snow.’

Fares to Salzburg start at £39 per person, to Grenoble at £37 per person, to Geneva at £25 per person and to Turin at £27 per person, all fares including taxes, the airline said.

Norwich Airport announces new flights to Alicante, Malaga and Geneva

Norwich International Airport has announced new flights to Alicante, Malaga and Geneva after airport operated Regional & City Airports (RCA) completed an agreement to guarantee winter and summer flights.

RCA, the UK regional airport operator, has strengthened its strategic association with Flybe to introduce year-round scheduled holiday flights at Norwich Airport with seats available for booking from early November after the release of Flybe’s 2016 summer schedule.

The partnership will see the return of scheduled sunshine flights to Norwich for the first time in almost a decade. Year round services from Norwich Airport to Alicante and Malaga will start in March 2016, while the new flight service to Geneva is expected later in 2016.

Sir Peter Rigby, chairman and founder of RCA owners Rigby Group, said: ‘Since taking ownership of Norwich Airport a year ago we have been firm on our commitment to invest in the future of the site. Today, with a milestone agreement guaranteeing the continued operation of scheduled winter and summer holiday routes from the airport, we have underlined that determination with some very concrete results.

‘I am confident that this announcement, which provides tangible proof of the exciting future facing Norwich, will be just first of many positive developments.’

Andrew Bell, who heads up RCA (Regional and City Airports), the airport management division of Rigby Group PLC and owners of Norwich, said: ‘This is a tremendously exciting time. For nine years the issue of reviving scheduled sunshine flights from Norwich has been the number one priority issue raised by our customers, and to see them return from 2016 will be hugely welcomed across the region.’

With the agreement, one of Flybe’s Embraer 195 aircraft will return to the skies and will be used more frequently by the airport. The initial destinations will be available for booking next month, and RCA will investigate the possibility of adding extra routes in case of continued demand, the airport said.