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British Airways launches Greek tourist routes from London City

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In a slightly left field move, British Airways has announced the launch of two new ‘Summer sun’ routes from London City Airport.

From June 29th until September 6th, British Airways will be offering:

four flights per week to Mykonos

two flights per week to Santorini

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As these are City routes, they will be operated by BA CityFlyer using its fleet of Embraer planes.  I’m not sure how comfortable these will be for a four hour flight, to be honest.

The existing services from Heathrow to Mykonos and Santorini appear to be continuing.

Cash and redemption seats are already available at ba.com although I could not find any Club Europe availability, only EuroTraveller.

That said, as there is no lounge at London City, the legroom is the same in all seats and there is no ’empty middle seat’ benefit (Embraer seating is 2×2) you don’t miss much if you are down the back!

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Comments

  1. They were just about bareable for the hop to AMS !

  2. No availability JMK-LON August ;(

  3. andystock says:

    That pic is not an Embraer! The leg room is better than the airbus fleet with the new seating and the seats are wider than the airbus fleet. CE is a waste of time from City and coming into city your exit from both the front and back.

    • By using a pic of a nasty old BAe146 – Raffles could be accused to trying to put people off flying these routes !!

  4. I found the Embraers very comfortable and indeed more so than other short haul types BA operate. Agree that CE not worth it on this route.

  5. If it’s an E190 and you grab the emergency exit then this is a great plane to be on. The seat recline is ok and I would probably say that the seats are more comfortable than the new recaros on mainline. I am pretty sure the pitch is around 34″ as well, certainly more leg room than normal, this was to allow 2 cabin crew and not 3. BA has 90 seats on board, Flybe has 118 on the same aircraft, with no seat recline!

  6. I’ve given up with CE anyway – the enhanced legroom was the final straw for me – so these new LCY routes look ideal.

  7. How much comfort do we need for what is essentially a short haul flight? We flew to Santorini on Easyjet earlier in the year, packed our own sarnies, popped some movies on the tablet and we were there before we knew it. We did pay for exit row seats such have great leg room, the seats don’t recline (all carriers on short haul routes should be forced to eliminate seat recline) and oc the purchase of these seats gets you speedy boarding too. More interesting for me is the availability of rsf.

  8. I wonder how much luggage will get left behind on hot summer days?
    Agreed that the smaller 170EMBs are tight, but the larger aircraft have the best Y product in the BA fleet’ with comfortable 2+2 seating and 34″ pitch. There is little benefit to flying club tho.

  9. I’ve done 3hrs on the Embraer with BA from Edinburgh on a Barrhead Travel charter and they are fine and can cope with a full hold of luggage coming off the short runway at Edinburgh so it shouldn’t a problem from LCY.

    After the mainline changes they are without a doubt the best Y seating in the BA

  10. Thanks for the heads up. Is there any reason why there is no avios availability for the whole summer? Is it just not being released? I think it’s the same for the santorini route from heathrow as well.

  11. sandgrounder says:

    Had a great flight AGP-LCY last easter, but it was only half full (if that) and we had exit seats.

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