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London City to Barcelona to become a year-round British Airways route

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British Airways has decided to continue its London City to Barcelona route into the Winter season.

Whilst services were originally due to end in early September, the route is now scheduled to operate through to the end of March 2023. It will presumably be renewed for next Summer too.

There is, however, a service gap between 4th September and 30th October, which is the first day of the Winter flying season.

Flights are already bookable for November to March for cash or Avios.

Flights will operate daily, which is an increase on the current six flights per week. Note that the Saturday service has an unfriendly 6.55am departure time so that it can return to base before the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning closure of London City Airport kicks in.

As with all London City Airport routes, the flight uses an Embraer E190 with 2×2 seating throughout.


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Comments (24)

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  • zanderblue says:

    I don’t see EDI included in the list of selected origins in the T and C’s.

  • Tom says:

    I think what you mean is “an unfriendly 6.55am departure time if you live near Heathrow, like what I do”. I love the 7am Saturday leisure destination flights living near LCY. I can literally leave for the airport at 6am, still make the flight comfortably and means you maximise time at your destination for a short weekend break. The flights generally seem pretty full so not just me that thinks that.

    • lumma says:

      Indeed. 7am flight from Stansted, absolute nightmare. 7am from LCY, perfect. On the shorter flights it almost becomes day trip territory (did a day trip to Luxembourg recently – 7.30 out on BA, 9.30pm back on Luxair, saw a fair bit of the city)

    • Richie says:

      My nearest airport is LCY. I’ve done 7:05am flights and earlier, I don’t like them because my body clock is set to wake about 6:30. Our body clocks are different that’s all.

    • John says:

      From many parts of London it’s slightly risky, you either take a very long set of night buses or you get the first daytime trains and any sort of disruption may make you miss the flight.

      Twice when going for a 7am LCY departure, my tube or overground train inexplicably didn’t move for 3 minutes. The first time that was enough to see the gate closing when I was 15 seconds away and they refused to reopen it, the other time they did reopen it because there was some technical problem which took the pilots 20 minutes to sort.

      Though yes vast majority of the time I do make it and yes paying £40 for a taxi would avoid the problem, but I wanted to pay £1.50 or whatever the fare used to be. And that flight that I missed had a fare of £1 so I only lost £16… rebooked on avios from LHR.

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        I’m assuming 3 meant 30 here, otherwise frankly that’s cutting fine even for me and I’m late almost everywhere…

    • RussellH says:

      As far as I am concerned, anything before a 1000 departure is far too early, given the fact that flights are not turn-up-and-go. Even with an airport hotel 1000 probably means heading for security at 0800 at most airports these days, but since my day seldom starts much before 0900…

  • Richie says:

    BTW there are skiing holiday possibilities from BCN airport.

  • Antje says:

    Hi, I have tried booking the LCY-BCN route for late September. Aeroroutes mentioned that BA will operate the winter season from 30 Oct. Does this mean BA will not operate the route between 05 Sept and 30 Oct, so not throughout?

  • phatbear says:

    Think the article about LCY-BCN could be clearer as i looked for mid Sept and they arent running then as, according to the link on your article they stop 4th sept and recommence 30th oct

  • roger says:

    Check this for potential flight cancellations for July 2022

    • Martin says:

      Not sure I wanted to read that to see our 2 July flights both have flight reductions.
      Wonder how long til BA tell those on affected flights.

  • TimM says:

    I am waiting for BA Cityflyer to return to Manchester. I love the Embraer E190 – ‘the poor person’s Concorde’ – and in business with champagne it is very much the part. I wonder if part of the levelling down initiative BA could be forced to serve parts of Britain other than London?

    • Rhys says:

      Shall I get the popcorn?

    • Richie says:

      Which destinations do you think would be successful in CE from MAN?

      • letBAgonesbe says:


      • TimM says:

        Broadly the same as from LHR & LGW except more wintersun destinations. Northerners are great winter travellers, for obvious reasons. MAN tends to serve practically anywhere North of it due to its rail connectivity.

        • bafan says:

          BA’s experiences at MAN have shown that while the Northerners may be willing to fly – they are less willing to pay the BA premium.

  • AndyC says:

    “You can use ‘Cash and Avios’ alongside these sale fares to reduce the cash cost of your ticket further.”

    *The QR website doesn’t permit using Cash & Avios AND availing of the promo discount – it’s either one or the other.

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