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Flights round-up: new BA Mykonos route, more Flybe to Heathrow, BA drops Orly, more Flybmi routes saved

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There has been a lot of route news in the last few days so I thought I’d get it all out of the way in one round-up:

New British Airways route to Mykonos – decent Avios availability

British Airways has announced a new service from London Stansted to Mykonos.

This will use an Embraer E190 aircraft which serves London City Airport during the week.  This means it is a weekend-only service:

  • Departs Stansted 10.05, arrives Mykonos 15.50 (Sunday)
  • Departs Mykonos 16.35, arrives Stansted 18.35 (Saturday)

(EDIT: we originally said in error that both legs were Sunday.  Confusingly, it is actually Sunday out and Saturday back as the aircraft returns / leaves to London City.)

It will operate from 19th May to 29th September.

There was still decent Avios availability when I checked yesterday.  Remember that:

  • these flights are 2×2 seating so there is no ’empty middle seat’ in Club Europe
  • you still get free drinks and a snack in Economy / Euro Traveller

If you are a BA Gold card holder, remember that you cannot book this service using a ‘double Avios’ Gold Priority Reward – explained here – because it is operated by BA CityFlyer.

The trade-off is the cancellation of London Stansted to Nice this Summer.  If you are booked on this service you will be moved to another British Airways flight from another airport.

British Airways Stansted Mykonos

Flybe adds a sixth daily flight from Heathrow to Edinburgh

Flybe has been moving quickly since its sale to a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium completed this week.

We have seen the announcement of Heathrow to Guernsey, using the Virgin Atlantic slot previously leased to bankrupt Cobalt Air.

A fifth daily flight to Edinburgh, from 31st March, was announced a few weeks ago.  Flybe has now announced plans to add a sixth daily Edinburgh flight from 22nd April.  This will operate out of Heathrow Terminal 2.

From Heathrow, there will now be an earlier 06.40 departure to Edinburgh.

Coming back, there is now a later 20.45 departure into Heathrow (22.20 arrival).

Remember that you can still earn Avios on Flybe flights which are flown before 30th April.  You can also redeem Avios until 30th April, for flights up to a year ahead.  You should be a little wary of making Flybe bookings from November onwards, however, as the airline is likely to see a major shake-up of its timetable from the start of the Winter schedules.

Details of the Flybe / Avios partnership are here.

Flybe adds sixth Edinburgh to Heathrow service

British Airways drops London City to Paris Orly

British Airways has announced the suspension of its flights from London City to Paris Orly.

Flights will end on 1st June, with BA stating that they were not commercially viable.

Loganair launches Derry to Stansted

Loganair picks up additional Flybmi services

Loganair is picking up more services operated by its ex-sister company Flybmi.

We have already covered the launch of:

  • Aberdeen to Bristol (commences 4th March)
  • Aberdeen to Oslo (commences 4th March)
  • Aberdeen to Esbjerg (commences 4th March)
  • Newcastle to Stavanger (commences 25th March)
  • Newcastle to Brussels (commences 25th March)

Loganair has now announced the launch of:

  • Derry to London Stansted (commencing 27th February)

This flight operates with a generous public subsidy so it is not surprising to see it back so quickly.  In additional, Loganair is starting:

  • Derry to Manchester (commencing 24th May)

although this was never a Flybmi route.

If you will find yourself on any of these services, take a look at our review of Clan Loganair, the new Loganair frequent flyer scheme.

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Comments

  1. *FANTASTIC* news that Loganair has saved the DERRY to London route, the only direct service linking London to the northwest of Ireland!
    I’ve been using the route for years (as it was operated by Ryanair before Flybmi).
    It’s always been very reasonably priced if you book in advance and the Flybmi service felt like flying with a boutique airline. Haven’t flown Loganair before but looking forward to giving them a go.

    • I do not know if Loganair has already announced wich type of aircraft it will fly.
      But ironically you may fly on an ex-flybmi aircraft on that route.
      I read Loganair had already planned to take two aircraft from flybmi.
      And it was a decision taken before the closing of flybmi.

  2. OT before my husband upgrades his gold amex chargecard to platinum am I right in thinking he should cancel my supp card as we can then add again later for more points?

    • thehornets says:

      I would, but you may find that they issue a supplementary plat anyway, even if you had cancelled the gold supp prior to the upgrade.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Likely you will get a supp anyway.

      An extra gold supp still triggers the 5k

    • I cancelled but still received the supplementary. After speaking to chat I explained and they added the 5k manually.

  3. Managed to book 6 seats out to Mykonos from stansted and 4 back again (will have to sort the other two later) over may half term! Thanks for the heads up Rob.

  4. zappomatic says:

    Regarding CityFlyer catering, on the JMK route it’s not merely a snack ie. crisps, popcorn or biscuits. Breakfast gets the same bacon roll/cheese and tomato panini/fruit and yogurt as given out on domestics, then after 9.30am it’s a cold meal consisting of a bread roll and butter, salad with chicken/pulled pork/smoked salmon/poached salmon depending on rotation, cheese and biscuits and a chocolate cake.

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