18 JUNE 2012
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British Airways is bringing a bit of winter sunshine to London City Airport (LCY) by extending its popular Palma and Ibiza flights to a year-round service. At present the two Balearic Island destinations are summer-only routes, but from October they will continue through the winter with two flights a week on Thursdays and Sundays.
The news will come as a welcome boost to Ibiza as the island does not currently have a single direct service to the UK during the period November through to March.
Last week Air France CityJet, BA’s main rival at the airport, published figures from flightontime.info, noting that it was the most punctual carrier to both Paris and Dublin beating competitors operating out of all of London’s airports. It says it has the best timekeeping at LCY too, with 89.51% of flights departing on time within 15 minutes of the SDT (scheduled departure time).
Where LCY score over other airports is in terms of arrival and dispatch efficiency. Once an aircraft moves off the ramp it is on the active runway. There is no long taxiing period. Passengers on aircraft landing from the east are usually landside within six to seven minutes of touchdown. www.caa.co.uk/airportstatistics
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