Prague to London City flights start in the fall

A new route by British Airways is aimed at financial sector business travelers

British Airways announced new flights to London City Airport, which is just 11 kilometers from London's financial district. The airport is closer to the city center than Heathrow, the main international airport, and others such as Stanstead and Luton that serve mainly discount airlines. In all, London has six airports and with the new service, it will possible to reach all of them from Prague.

At the same time, British Airways announced it would also have service from London City to Paris and Reykjavik. All three routes start on Oct. 29.

There will be six flights a week to Prague, three flights a day to Orly (Paris) during the week and one a day at weekends, and two a week to Reykjavik, British Airways said in a press release.

“Flights will operate on modern Embraer jets with a choice of Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins and two-abreast seating so that every customer can have either a window or aisle seat,” BA said.

The flights from London City to Prague will leave at 11:15 am Monday to Friday and 3:15 pm on Sundays. Service from Prague to London City will depart 2:50 pm Monday to Friday and 6:50 pm on Sundays. On weekdays service will be in an Embraer 190 with up to 98 passengers. Sunday service will use an Embraer 170 holding up to 76 passengers.

Flights went on sale July 18 with each way hand baggage-only fares to Prague from £49 to Orly from £49, and to Reykjavik from £59, according to information provided by BA.

Customers flying in Euro Traveller will have allocated seats, a hand-baggage allowance and loyalty points that can be used to buy food and drink on board flights or toward other trips. Club Europe customers receive complimentary food and drinks on board, a free baggage allowance and free seat selection and online check-in, BA stated in the press release.

The new services will mean British Airways will fly to 30 destinations from London City this winter.

London City Airport opened in 1987. It is located in the Royal Docks in the London Borough of Newham, approximately 11 km east of the City of London and a shorter distance east of Canary Wharf. Business travelers are the main users of the airport.

London City Airport has a single 1,500-meter-long runway. Only multi-engine, fixed-wing aircraft with special aircraft and aircrew certification to fly 5.5-degree approaches are allowed to conduct operations at London City Airport. The largest aircraft that can be used at the airport is the Airbus A318, which is the smallest Airbus model with a length of 30 meters.

London City Airport served over 4.3 million passengers in 2015, making it the 13th-busiest in the UK.

The new line will complement the existing British Airways routes to London Heathrow, which flies five times a day.

Competition from carriers has pushed prices to London down. “For the first half of 2017, nearly 605,000 passengers were transported to London, an increase of 2.5 percent [over last year],” Marika Janoušková, spokeswoman for Prague Airport, told daily Mladá fronta Dnes.

The winter schedule will see even more direct flights to London, With Ryanair adding more flights to Stanstead and British Airways increasing its Heathrow service.

EasyJet offers service to Gatwick Airport and Stansted. Smart Wings and Travel Service also fly to Gatwick. Wizz Air flies daily to Luton Airport. Flybe offers service to Southend Airport.

With the new London City route, there will be 15 flights a day to London.

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