British Airways To Fly To Berlin & Hamburg From London City

a large stone structure with pillars at night with Brandenburg Gate in the background

British Airways has announced that it will add Berlin and Hamburg to the list of cities it serves from London City Airport. The airline has also announced that Berlin is to receive service from London Stansted as well.

This appears to be quite a serious move by British Airways as they’re not doing things by halves. The Berlin route will see 16 flights per week while the Hamburg route is getting 17. British Airways already operates services from London City to Düsseldorf and Frankfurt but these new additions will almost double British Airways’ operations to Germany from London City.

Per British Airways:

  • Routes will operate year round
  • Flights will be operated by BA CityFlyer
  • Routes will be operated using Embraer 190 and Saab 2000 aircraft
  • Final timings are subject to scheduling constraints

british-airways-embraer-190-mark-harkinBritish Airways Embraer 190 – Image courtesy of Mark Harkin via Flickr 

London City – Berlin

British Airway will launch its new route to Berlin on 19 June 2016.

Outbound options

BA8491 LCY 08:20 – 11:00 TXL (Daily excluding Sunday)
BA8493 LCY 12:55 – 15:40 TXL (Mon, Wed, Fri)
BA8493 LCY 13:15 – 15:55 TXL (Tue, Thurs, Sun)
BA8495 LCY 18:10 – 22:55 TXL (Daily excluding Saturday)

Inbound options

BA8490 TXL 07:05 – 07:50 LCY (Daily excluding Sunday)
BA8490 TXL 11:35 – 12:20 LCY (Mon, Wed, Fri)
BA8490 TXL 12:00 – 12:40 LCY (Tue, Thurs, Sun)
BA8490 TXL 16:50 – 17:40 LCY (Daily excluding Saturday)

hamburg-randi-shootersHamburg at night – Image courtesy of fRandi Shooters via Flickr

London City – Hamburg

British Airways will be launching this route earlier than the route to Berlin and operations are scheduled to start on 8 May 2016.

Outbound options

BA3291 LCY 08:20 – 11:00 HAM (Weekdays only)
BA3291 LCY 08:45 – 11:25 HAM (Saturday only)
BA3293 LCY 13:25 – 16:05 HAM (Weekdays only)
BA3295 LCY 18:20 – 21:00 HAM (Weekdays only)
BA3295 LCY 18:40 – 21:20 HAM (Weekdays only)

Inbound options

BA3292 HAM 07:10 – 07:50 LCY (Daily excluding Sunday)
BA3294 HAM 12:14 – 12:55 LCY (Weekdays only)
BA3296 HAM 17:10 – 17:505 LCY (Weekdays only)
BA3296 HAM 17:30 – 18:10 LCY (Sunday only)

british-airways-saab-2000-mark-murdockBritish Airways SAAB 2000 at London City Airport – Image courtesy of Mark Murdock via Flickr

Almost as an afterthought, British Airways has added a weekly service between Stansted and Berlin and I’m guessing this has been added to make use of an aircraft that would otherwise sit on the ground – possibly related to the other new Stansted services British Airway announced in February.

London Stansted – Berlin

BA2299 STN 13:05 – 15:55 TXL (Friday only)
BA2298 TXL 21:40 – 22:30 STN (Sunday only)

This route is scheduled to start on 19 June 2016.

Afterthought or not these timings look great for anyone wanting to take a weekend trip to Berlin…a city which I happen to really like and would high recommend to anyone who hasn’t yet visited.

Bottom Line

I’m a huge fan of London City Airport and it’s great to see more flights being added to Europe. Clearly these flights are aimed, primarily, at the business traveler but the timings work well for the leisure traveler too. I’m not sure how much there is to see in Hamburg (perhaps I’ll take one of these flights to find out) but I can definitely vouch for Berlin as an interesting weekend destination….but I’d stick to the summer if you’re not a fan of snow!

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