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London City Airport is launching loads of cheap and sunny new routes this summer

The UK capital’s most central airport is adding heaps of exciting destinations, from Faro to Barcelona

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

Ah, London City Airport. You know, that tiny, weeny airport in the Docklands that everyone knows exists, but not very many people (well, only five million or so per year) actually use? It might just be about to get a whole lot more popular. British Airways has added loads of cheap new holiday routes, including flights to cultural hotspots Milan, Thessaloniki and Barcelona.

City is currently used mostly as a hub for business travellers, with frequent flights to the likes of Frankfurt, Geneva and Zurich. But soon to join the droves of serious suits are holidaymakers on their way to some of Europe’s sunniest destinations. It’s all pretty exciting, primarily because City is easily London’s most central airport. It’s just 23 minutes by train from the City of London itself.

So why haven’t other airlines done this before? In short, City Airport is limited by its particularly short runway. It can’t accommodate the big planes usually used by budget carriers like EasyJet and Ryanair. BA’s smaller CityFlyer planes, however, are perfectly suited.

The Milan flights start on March 27, Thessaloniki on June 18 and Barcelona on June 19. Other destinations among the new batch of routes are Luxembourg, Jersey and Guernsey, with prices starting from around £82 return. 

Although you’ve narrowly missed BA’s winter sale, you can still check availability and snap up some flights on the British Airways website. And when it comes to it, happy travels!

Looking for more 2022 travel inspo? Here’s why trains are going to feature on your 2022 bucket list.

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