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BA CityFlyer adds new weekend flights from Edinburgh and Southampton airports

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BA CityFlyer is launching three new routes which will operate at weekends over Summer 2022. These use aircraft which cannot operate at London City due to the weekend closure of the airport.

The three routes just announced are:

BA CityFlyer E190

Southampton to Dublin

This will operate from 14th May to 30th October. There will be one flight per week – the flight to Southampton will operate on Saturday whilst the flight to Dublin will operate on Sunday.

Edinburgh to Guernsey

This will operate from 18th June to 24th September. There will be one flight per week on Saturday.

Edinburgh to Jersey

This will operate from 18th June to 24th September. There will be one flight per week on Saturday.

Flights will use the Embraer fleet, which offers 2×2 seating throughout. If you book Club Europe, you won’t get an empty middle seat next to you.

Flights are bookable now, for cash or Avios, on ba.com.


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Comments (38)

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  • Robert says:

    OT are there any covid tests or forms required to enter France from UK currently please? Fully vaccinated, had to do a fit to fly for Holland last week, need to be in Paris next week. Many thanks

    • Steve says:

      None, just the “declaration of honour” form that you can print out but will almost certainly not be looked at (and you need to be able to show proof of vaccination).

    • Genghis says:

      You also need a pass vaccinal (download the tous anti covid app and scan your NHS cert QR code) until 14 March but from my experience last week restaurants had a lax approach to checking.

      • Robert says:

        Thanks for this advice, finally getting back to normal or close enough! Can’t wait to travel again.

  • pauldb says:

    Anyone know if cityflyer load their planes with steps front and back (at SOU if it matters). A question of seat choice.

  • Jeff77 says:

    “ now that travel demand is increasing.”

    Still pretty weak though. Heathrow announced today that passenger numbers in February were 50% down versus pre covid.

    Obvs an improvement but still pretty rubbish.

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      But how does the compare with capacity?

      Passenger numbers will be down if there aren’t enough planes.

      • Jeff77 says:

        There are definitely enough planes. More than enough.

        • Jeff77 says:

          If there weren’t enough planes, airlines would put more flights on wouldn’t they to meet that demand?

        • Mr(s) Entitled says:

          So YoY there has been no reduction in capacity?

          • Jeff77 says:

            Of course there hasn’t been a reduction in capacity versus this time last year (which is what yoy means).

  • Mark says:

    So its really dublin to southampton if the inbound is a saturday and the outbound a sunday?

    • Richie says:

      It’s SOU-DUB-SOU if you live near Southampton and work in Dublin during the work.

    • John says:

      It’s really LCY to Southampton via Dublin

      • Richie says:

        Sounds like a possible TP/Mattress run opportunity.

        • Lady London says:

          +1 the ability to gain status by number of flights taken (and not just by tier points) is often forgotten.

          Those target numbers for status like tier points, are currently temporarily reduced as well

          • Richie says:

            BTW There’s LCY-EGC-SOU on Saturdays starting 14th May and LCY-EGC-LCY on Tuesdays starting 24th May for those who fancy a day trip for TPs and a french lunch.

        • ADS says:

          with the price that Eastern are charging on their four flights a week – i wouldn’t expect bargain cash fares on these flights

  • Anna says:

    I’m not surprised Saturday nights aren’t included in the Liverpool offer – city prices in general are utterly insane for Saturdays throughout most of the year. HIs £200 or more. I don’t know if they think people are desperate for weekend breaks?! They can’t all be explained by football matches etc.

    • John says:

      People seem to be paying the crazy prices as the hotels I’ve been staying at are full every Saturday (I locked in cheaper rates earlier or used points and watches the rates going up as the stay dates approached)

      • yorkshireRich says:

        I remember last year looking at hotels fairly close to us, and the Hiltons in york for the weekend were regularly £350 per night.

        Just had a quick look now, and some of them are just over £500 for the full weekend. Progress ey?

        • NorthernLass says:

          I think York, N. Yorks sometimes thinks it’s New York, NY!

          • The Savage Squirrel says:

            Well York has been an amazing and storied destination for literally 1000s of years. Manhattan was a swamp for most of that. Just sayin 😉

          • NorthernLass says:

            Savage Squirrel – I meant in terms of pricing, not history! Though they can certainly rival one another for tourist tat in places lol.

        • Londonsteve says:

          Who on earth is willing to pay £500 for two nights in York? It’s a fine city but that’s clearly a bonkers price. Add in dining and travel costs and it’s the same as 7-10 days all-inclusive in the Caribbean with someone like TUI. There will always be someone with a high and mighty opinion about the ‘market’ being whatever people are willing to pay, the inference being that others are willing to pay even if you’re not and it’s your loss for being too poor or cheap, but that’s missing my point. Even if I was a multi-millionaire I wouldn’t spend £500 on two nights hotel accommodation in York to enjoy a weekend of drizzle and gastro pub roast beef dinners. Sorry.

          • Rob says:

            But clearly they do, so you appear to be the one out of touch 🙂

            Four Seasons Hampshire was always £375 per night at weekends pre-covid (we’ve probably done 50 nights there over the last 10 years) and it is now £775 per night. Clearly they fill it at £775 because the real money for them is the captive audience for food and drink plus activities.

            Top end New York hotels are now over £1,000 per night based on a couple of bookings I have in the diary (for points, obviously).

            The only place I haven’t seem rampant inflation in the luxury market in Dubai, where new openings keep flooding the market with more capacity.

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      I know people who are still terrified of going abroad so staycationers are keeping the prices high. And then also arch-antimaskers who will not travel till masks are gone. Same staycationing effect.

      • NorthernLass says:

        True, but even though I hate masks I’d rather wear one and go on holiday than pay £350 to stay in Manchester on a Saturday night 🤣

      • Jeff77 says:

        It’s also been difficult until now for anti vaxxers to travel abroad than jabbed people without too much hassle so that’s probably had an impact too

        • NorthernLass says:

          There can’t be many though, surely? I know literally 2 people who haven’t been jabbed.

    • Tom says:

      Yes, I often stay in Liverpool and try and always use miles or points for a Saturday night. Even the crappiest hotel is over £100 so if you are paying cash you might as well stay somewhere nice like the Titanic or the Pullman.

      £69 is pretty good for other nights, especially including 2 breakfasts and a bottle of wine. Jury’s is far from my favourite however.

  • Benedict says:

    TravelZoo is a scam, they took £99 for a hotel voucher, changed the terms (postponed availability dates) after the fact, and are now refusing to refund on the basis that “the voucher has expired”. Avoid.

  • K says:

    “a bottle of cava, selling for £28, in your room on arrival”

    * A bottle of Cava, worth £6, in your room on arrival.

    • Londonsteve says:

      +1
      Cava is waaaaay nicer than the vat fermented Prosecco that seems to be all the rage these days, but it’s still in the £5-10 range a bottle.

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