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BA announces new London City, Manchester and Edinburgh routes for 2018

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Last week we published details of the new 2018 weekend flight schedules that British Airways will be operating from Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.

BA has now announced three new Summer routes from the regions as well as increased frequencies on three key London City routes.  This is due to the arrival of two new Embraer 190 aircraft in January and April, taking the BA Cityflyer fleet to 22 planes.

Here are the changes:

From London City from January

Flights to Milan double, from 11 per week to 23 per week

Flights to Frankfurt increase from 20 to 24 per week

Flights to Dublin increase from 32 to 36 per week

From Manchester

Flights to Dublin launch 18th May – outbound Sundays 09.55, inbound Fridays 22.20

Flights to Florence launch 19th May – outbound Saturdays 19.25, inbound Saturdays 17.10

From Edinburgh

Flights to Florence launch 19th May – outbound Saturdays 10.45, inbound Saturdays 15.30

These flights went on sale last Friday on here and the regional services will operate until September.  Good Avios availability should still be there.  The problem, of course, is that unless you plan to stay away for a week the new Manchester and Edinburgh services are not very practical.  You may end up travelling in one direction via London.

Note that the extra Milan flights are an interesting option if you are looking for a ski holiday.

These will be two class flights so Club Europe is an option.  That said, the Embraer aircraft used are 2 x 2 seating throughout so the only difference will be lounge access and a free meal.

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