British Airways has announced some new routes from London City Airport for the Summer 2014 timetable. We should expect similar announcements on a regular basis at the moment, as there are three new aircraft going into City soon to expand the BA operation.
From a leisure perspective, the most interesting option is Florence. BA will be flying this route four times a week. They have cunningly positioned the weekend flight to maximise the weekend break market, with an 11.05 departure on Friday and a 19.55 return on Sunday.
Oddly, Vueling – the low-cost carrier now owned by BA’s parent company – currently flies to Florence from Heathrow. You can book this with Avios, but only if you transfer them to Iberia Plus first! I get a sneaky feeling that this route will now be dropped and the flight slots taken over by BA for something more profitable.
The second new route is Rotterdam. This is a substantially more aggressive launch, with up to five flights per day. I lived in Rotterdam for four months whilst I was a student … its tourist appeal is limited compared to Amsterdam or The Hague, unless you are keen on architecture (see above, for example).
Tickets should be available for Avios and cash bookings at ba.com or avios.com.