British Airways is celebrating its busiest ever summer at London City Airport with news that more aircraft, more routes and more frequencies will be added to the network this winter.

In the first of a number of new routes and extra flights announced for next year, a new year-round service will be launched to Rome from the Docklands airport. This service will commence on 11 November 2018 and boasts one-way hand baggage only fares from £55.

In addition a fifth daily service will be added to the popular Zurich route on weekdays.

Four additional Embraer E190 aircraft will join the BA CityFlyer fleet during 2019, bringing the total fleet number to 26 aircraft. These aircraft will add nearly 20 percent more seats from London City Airport in 2019 and enable the launch of new destinations.

Tom Stoddart, Managing Director BA CityFlyer, said: “It is an exciting time for us at London City Airport.  The four new aircraft shows our commitment to giving our customers an even bigger range of destinations and flight times.

“This growth will see the number of job opportunities in East London increase with direct employment opportunities for pilots, cabin crew and engineers, as well as indirect roles for our various suppliers in and around the airport.”

Luke Hayhoe, General Manager Commercial and Customer, said: “It is very positive to continue the year-on year-expansion at London City Airport. We added 13 per cent more capacity in 2018 and the new route to Rome will increase the number of British Airways destinations from London City Airport to 33.”

British Airways’ £4.5 billion investment for customers over the next five years, also includes the installation of the best quality WiFi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. 

Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: “BA CityFlyer is London City Airport’s largest airline partner and this investment in four additional E-Jets demonstrates absolute commitment to its base at London’s most central airport, and continued growth as we enter 2019.

“An enlarged fleet will mean more choice for tourists and business travellers alike, giving customers more flights to the destinations they love, under the British Airways brand. Introducing a Rome service and adding frequency to Zurich, already one of our busiest routes, keeps London connected to major European cities, and is a real endorsement of the London City proposition by our home-based carrier. We look forward to further new route announcements in the near future."