29 JUNE 2020


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Article from BTNews 29 JUNE 2020

KLM and BA

KLM Cityhoppers’s flagship route between Amsterdam Schiphol and London City Airport (LCY) returns 13 July.

Easily the most popular destination from LCY and worth in excess of 630,000 passengers last year with KLM, British Airways Cityflyer (BACF) and Flybe the three operators. 

As things stand the national Dutch carrier, part of the Air France-KLM group, will have the route to itself for the immediate future. 

One hundred seat Embraer 190 aircraft will be used with a two-class layout.   

Initially daily the 65min flight leaves Amsterdam 10:15 with ETA at LCY 10:20 with the return 10:50/13:00.  All times local.

KLM’s UK programme is gradually returning to an abridged form.

In July, KLM will offer two daily flights from Heathrow and Manchester, plus daily departures from: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds Bradford, London City, Newcastle and Norwich.  KLM ceased operations from Southampton before the crisis.

At this time British Airways has made no announcement regarding its services from LCY to Amsterdam (nor any other route) but has posted a schedule on the OAG website (see below).

BA CityFlyer last week resumed regular scheduled passenger service, followed by the re-opening of London City Airport. For July the airline is scheduling 112 departures from LCY on nine routes, compared to 32 routes with 1,897 departures initially planned.  All flights will use the 98-seat Embraer 190 aircraft, the 76-seat 170 series seemingly grounded.

From London City Start Date Frequency Aircraft Type
Dublin  20 July 5 weekly  E190
Edinburgh  20 July 5 weekly  E190
Florence  10 July 3 weekly  E190
Glasgow  20 July 5 weekly  E190
Ibiza  10 July 1 daily  E190
Isle of Man  21 June 6 weekly  ATR42 (Loganair aircraft)
Malaga  10 July 3 weekly  E190
Manchester  31 July 2 flights    E190
Palma Mallorca  10 July 3 weekly  E190




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Providing the owners donít panic ,the modest and cheap expansion of Southampton makes sense and will take holiday flights away from Bournemouth. Southampton Airport serves a major port whilst sadly Hurn will never be more than an industrial airport ideal for servicing and aircraft parking. Itís in the wrong place. It would make for a good home for Bournemouth Football Club.

Richard Phillips, Medstead, ALTON

The ambitious expansion plans for Southampton airport, with an increased runway length of 170 metres announced in September 2018 seem unlikely. Surely, now may be the time to look at expanding Bournemouth airport (runway length 2271 metres) and perhaps turning SOU airport (runway length 1723 metres) into a massive, modern industrial complex ? Is there a need for two International airports in this southern area ?

Andy Aim, Boscombe Dorset

Someone please come in and help Southampton. Weíve lost Flybe and I gather KLM will not be back. Exeter is dead, Bournemouth is just holiday flights and its too far to Bristol, Gatwick or Heathrow.

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