14 MARCH 2016
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Last Friday (11 March) the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and the infrastructure investing arm of the Kuwait Investment Authority (Wren House Ltd) completed the purchase of London City Airport (see BTN 29 February)
The other LCY news is that while Willie Walsh talks about pulling out of some London City routes, with New York the obvious now covered with CityFlyer linking to Aer Lingus and the US at Dublin, the regional BA offshoot is to introduce LCY to Berlin Tegal in the summer.
Berlin was served in the 1990s by the long defunct Conti-Flug to the now closed Templehof Airport with a BAe 146.
The new route from LCY will this time operate three times daily to Tegel, destined to close when Brandenburg eventually opens and will launch on 19 June.
Hamburg is currently served from London City Airport by British Airways’ franchise partner Sun-Air, but from 8 May British Airways will take over the route using a larger Saab 2000 aircraft.
The new flights to Berlin and Hamburg, in addition to existing services to Dusseldorf and Frankfurt, will mean the airline will operate more than 70 flights a week to Germany from London City Airport this summer. Twenty BA Embraer E-series aircraft will be based at the airport with a two million passenger target for 2016. www.londoncityairport.com
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