British Airways announced this week that it will inaugurate maiden flights from London’s Stansted Airport in May. The services are scheduled to commence on 29 May and will serve airports in Malaga, Ibiza, Palma and Faro. BA subsidiary BA CityFlyer will actually fly the routes with Embraer 190 aircraft.
Senior CityFlyer manager Luke Hayhoe said the flights would provide even more options for customers to choose from when heading overseas from the UK during the summer. The addition of Stansted to BA’s timetable means the carrier will fly from all four of the main airports in London.
Stansted has traditionally been a UK hub for budget-carriers EasyJet and Ryanair. Airline industry analysts say BA’s move to the airport will allow it to more effectively compete with the low cost carriers on their own turf and win back the share of passengers they have lost over the past two decades.
The Embraer 190 is configured to carry 98 passengers and offers two classes, Euro Traveller and Club Europe. Fares are designed to compete and an economy class seat for a passenger without checked baggage will begin at £49. The flights from Stansted will offer free seat selection.
ON BA flights from other UK airports, passengers typically have to pay a £7 surcharge to select the seat they want to sit in. Other bonuses of flying from Stansted with BA will be free snacks and drinks, no added charges for paying with a debit card and the option of checking in online up to 24 hours prior to departure.