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Luxair to launch London City to Antwerp flights

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The Luxembourg based airline Luxair is to introduce direct flights between London City and Antwerp in Belgium. This will be only UK flight to the city, although airlines such as VLM have tried it in the past.

The route will launch on 16th January 2023 using a Q400 turboprop aircraft.

There will be four flights per week, departing on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This is not exactly ideal for the business traveller who values frequency above all else.

Luxair to launch London City to Antwerp flights

What is smart is the timings – the Monday and Tuesday flights are early morning, in both directions, whilst the Thursday and Friday flights are late afternoon. This will suit those looking to do 2-5 full business days in either city.

From 29th March 2023, a Wednesday flight (late afternoon) will be added.

The headline price is £139 return. Luxair uses Lufthansa’s Miles & More programme as its frequent flyer scheme.

Anne Doyere, London City Airport’s Director of Aviation said:

“Reconnecting London to Europe’s regions has been a post pandemic priority of ours, and we are delighted to be able to grow our partnership with Luxair by once again offering the only direct flight from the United Kingdom to Antwerp.”

Comments (15)

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  • CamFlyer says:

    Great to see the route returning; Antwerp is an often overlooked destination (both business and leisure). The downside of Luxair will be not arriving into the rail station, which has to be one of the most impressive I’ve seen, both for the facade and the 12 platforms stacked vertically on three levels!

  • His Holyness says:

    Does ANR have a C lounge?

  • editingdeluxe says:

    Great to see a Luxembourg connection in two of today’s three emails – that’s got to be a first! (If you count Finnair’s sparkling wine really being Luxembourgish, that is.)

    For anyone who ends up travelling regularly on the LCY-Antwerp flight (or LCY-LUX), Luxair introduced a very simple ‘loyalty scheme’ last year, though it currently only runs to 31/3/23. ‘Luxair 4+1’ gives you a ‘free flight’ voucher if you register and fly four times by then (a return booking only counts once). In reality it’s a voucher to the value of the cheapest of those flights. The terms & conditions don’t state whether that’s on the total cost or excludes taxes/fees, nor whether you can earn the voucher more than once. But I like the simplicity – and that if your first voucher booking is less than the voucher value you can still use the balance towards another flight.

  • Concerto says:

    I don’t think so. ANR is one of those charming small airports from yesteryear

    • His Holyness says:

      I should have DuckDuckGoed it, indeed it does, so I guess a better question is does LG pay for the lounge? 😀

  • EwanG says:

    @Rob, a typo in the Ryanair section, which could have been even worse….! 😉

    “165 million anual passengers”

  • James Harper says:

    How much extra are Ryanair charging people with a hidden disability?

    • Nigel Keya says:

      Nothing. Strange question. Weird, in fact.

      • Save East Coast Rewards says:

        Obviously a joke as they have a reputation for charging for everything. I seem to recall (could be wrong, after all myths spread online) they tried to charge for wheelchair assistance at one point but they found it was illegal

        • Erico1875 says:

          I think it was a passenger who claimed his fare back because he couldn’t get wheelchair assistance at Stansted. Ryanair argued (and lost) it was the airport’s responsibility

      • James Harper says:

        Your irony meter is faulty.

    • Lady London says:

      Er…they lost a court case many years ago, trying to do just that….so the answer is no, Ryanair won’t be charging

  • ADS says:

    “Sunflower wearers will be met with kindness, patience and understanding by the Ryanair team from check-in to the end of their flight”

    I’d love to think this might be true … but it’s hard to imagine it will actually happen in the real Ryanair world !

    • Erico1875 says:

      We have flown Ryanair over 100 times. At least 10 times with my (now departed) disabled dad.
      All the airport staff at EDI, NCL, GLA and PIK and every Ryanair crew have always been courteous,patient and helpfull.

      • Nigel Keya says:

        I personally think the basic Ryanair flying experience is extremely good. Bumped into a sort-of-mate today – he’s about 75 but very active – the kind of guy who is proud he won’t eat foreign muck which includes curries and garlic! – he goes on holiday a couple of times a year to Portugal and Spain and loves it, but won’t eat any of their foreign muck 😉

        Anyway, we were talking about Ryanair because that would be really convenient for him given where we live and the nearest airport – but he wasn’t having any of it, vowing he will never fly Ryanair in his life (and proud of it) – not that he ever flew Ryanair and had a bad experience etc. All based on hearsay or perhaps (to be charitable) a few real stories from 15 years ago about bad check-in experience and getting charged penalties for no boarding pass, overweight luggage etc.

        Anyway – we personally fly Ryanair for the great convenience and great prices, the new fleet & best-in-class efficiency as regards on-time arrivals doesn’t really figure but that’s true as well. We’ve never really had any sort of negative experience apart from one significant delay 10 years ago (about 3hrs) but hardly going to be unusual.

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