Air France carrier now at 40 daily flights from Docklands base
CityJet is ramping up its network from London City Airport with new services to Holland taking daily direct departures to 40.
Owned by Air France, which also purchased London City stalwart VLM just before Christmas, CityJet has tweaked its twice-daily Eindhoven flights to allow day-return trips from the Docklands airport.
VLM”s website shows that the airline does not operate to Eindhoven and its absorption into the Air France stable will mean it extremely unlikely that any routes will overlap.
An Air France spokeswoman told ABTN that eventual approval for its VLM takeover was still pending from the Competition Commission in Brussels and that a decision on any potential changes had not been finalised.
London City is heavily slot-constrained, although the addition of four parking bays at a cost of ”30m ($59.3m) will boost capacity. To facilitate its network which now totals 40 daily services to 11 European destinations, Air France has had to juggle its timetable, reducing the previous thrice-weekday Belfast service to a double-daily frequency.
Air France recently announced the addition of a fourth daily rotation from London City to both Geneva and Zurich, a second daily flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle and what it says is an improved schedule to Edinburgh.
Rotterdam Airport ” to where VLM flies from Hamburg, Isle of Man, Jersey, London City and Manchester ” will completely shut for three days to allow runway renovation work to take place.
Work will occur on three consecutive days from 23:59 (local) on Thursday 23 May to 06:00 on Monday 26 May. Flights planned for that weekend will now operate via Amsterdam.