British Airways Cityflyer To Open Southampton Base

BA Cityflyer Eyes a New Base in Southampton


British Airways’ regional subsidiary “BA Cityflyer” is to launch a network of routes from Southampton Airport from May 2021.

Since COVID-19 hit, BA Cityflyer’s operations took a harsh beating as their base of operations, London City Airport, had temporarily shut down as a result of the crisis, which left little to no routes in their network possible to fly. This meant that they had to take their now spare Embraer E-Jet fleet to Norwich for storage. Thus, this should be a good way to avoid a closure like this happening again, as it’ll provide a suitable backup for BA Cityflyer’s operations.


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Operations And Where They Plan To Fly


From May, BA Cityflyer is set to operate flights every weekend until October 31st, where summer holiday and leisure destinations will be served, which may compensate for FlyBe’s collapse earlier in the year.

These are the destinations they plan to serve from May:

  • Bergerac Dordogne Périgord (EGC)
  • Berlin Brandenburg (BER)
  • Edinburgh (EDI)
  • Faro (FAO)
  • Florence (FLR)
  • Ibiza (IBZ)
  • Limoges–Bellegarde (LIG)
  • Malaga (AGP)
  • Mykonos (JMK)
  • Nice Côte d’Azur (NCE)
  • Palma de Mallorca (PMI)

This will be operated beside London City’s services, where their E190 fleet may be repositioned between London City and Southampton to fulfill their schedules.

The aircraft to be used is fairly obvious, the E-Jet, of which they have plenty. Equipped with either an all-economy seating layout or inclusion of an optional business class. This will just be dependant on what airframe is operated. Both classes are equipped in a 2-2 config.

Statement by Tom Stoddart, Managing Director of BA CityFlyer:

“This is an exciting opportunity for the British Airways family. The ideal location of the airport and excellent facilities on offer will hugely benefit our customers along the South Coast as they plan to take to the skies again and book a well-deserved holiday in the sun.”


Feasible?


It should appear so. BA’s interest in the airport will be of great benefit to Southampton, post-FlyBe collapse, which left the airport underserved and poorly connected, with only regional routes around the British Isles. With BA Cityflyer opening up to the South Coast market, it’ll bring back most of the international operations that FlyBe used to operate.

Financially, this may be very profitable for BA Cityflyer. Data by anna.aero shows that the former route to Bergerac was worth £1,120,000 (1.5 million USD). The unexploited potential from any airline makes it a great opportunity to start flying.

Let’s wish BA Cityflyer good luck in the future of this plan.


Source

https://simpleflying.com/ba-cityflyer-southampton-base/

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I was really surprised to hear about these new routes, but especially with low business traffic to be expected, and even less on the weekends having a more ’leisure‘ route map out of Southampton might be a very good idea. Also this is fantastic news for Southampton, who have been extremely hit by FlyBe’s bankruptcy earlier this year. Thanks for sharing the news!

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Surprising indeed. Good news nonetheless, I see myself using some of these routes myself.

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