It seems British Airways really wants to make its Cityflyer operation earn its keep over the weekends, with the announcement the airline is to operate flights from Manchester to winter ski destinations.
British Airways CityFlyer Embraer E-190 at Birmingham Airport
Manchester will have a weekend service, operating to Salzburg in Austria and Chambery in France, operating every Saturday from December through to April.
Timetables have been released for the route
Manchester – Salzburg
DEPART MAN 13:05 ARRIVE SZG 16:20 DEPART SZG 17:10 ARRIVE MAN 18:30 Commences 15th December 2017 Operates Saturdays only Booked Equipment: Embraer E-190
Manchester – Chambery
DEPART MAN 07:00 ARRIVE CMF 10:00 DEPART CMF 10:55 ARRIVE MAN 12:00 Commences 15th December 2017 Operates Saturdays only Booked Equipment: Embraer E-190
Lead-in fares start at £49 each way.
Earlier this year in May- British Airways began to use its CityFlyer fleet to operate routes from airports other than the usual London Airports.
For those who lived in the North West of England, this resulted in 35,000 new seats over the summer.
Flights will be operated with a two-class Embraer E-190. Since there’s no seat blocking however, there’s not much benefit to flying Club Europe…
British Airways seems happy with the deployment. Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, state:
“After a successful new summer programme from Manchester we have decided to continue our leisure flying with direct services to two of the most popular winter break destinations in Austria and France.”
It’s good to see that Manchester is continuing to gain more services – even if it’s a Saturday only service.
But it’s still a token effort to the regions for British Airways – who (and let’s be honest) need only commit one E-190 for a Saturday only service.
Hopefully, British Airways will realise they can operate more from the regions – and maybe shrug off the title of London Airways….
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