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23 AUGUST 2021
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British Airways (CityFlyer) is to take over the route from London City Airport to Rotterdam now available due to the demise of Flybe.
Rotterdam has been a destination from the East London airport from its early days over 30 years ago, the passenger numbers hovering around the 200,000 mark in recent times, with a flight time of just 55min. BA will be using a 98-seat, two-class, Embraer 190 jet, the smaller Embraer 170s being disposed of during the pandemic.
The airline will initially operate twice weekdaily from 20 September, with a single return flight on a Sunday.
Rotterdam (RTM) now calls itself "Rotterdam The Hague Airport", serving the administrative and Royal capital of The Netherlands, just 15 miles away. BA will be competing with Eurostar with currently a single daily 3hr 30min journey. On the return leg passenger UK immigration is done at Rotterdam with the Brussels station passport control eliminated.
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Malcolm Ginsberg, Edgware, North London
BACF has been flying to RTM for a number of years now.. I think since 2014. It peaked at 7 times per day a few years back on the E170 and was at 5 prior to the pandemic. CityJet operated too for many years after they took over VLM, but they stopped a few years back of course. Flybe only ever operated Amsterdam once daily prior to their demise. It will be interesting to see if BACF put all their night stops back in to Europe next year or not.
Ian Cardy, United Kingdom
BA launched LCY/RTM in 2014, it has been suspended due to Covid.