Flybe announces daily service from Dublin to London City
Dublin Airport has secured another boost to its services after UK airline Flybe announced plans to launch a service between London City Airport and the capital.
As part of a major new expansion, Flybe said it’s going to base five aircraft at London City Airport, where former DAA chief Declan Collier is CEO.
The new five-year agreement with Dublin will result in four daily services between the two cities from Monday October 27, including business friendly flights arriving in London before 9am.
London City airport is located in the heart of the financial capital with connections to Canary Wharf every ten minutes by Docklands Light Railway, meaning passengers can be there in 12 minutes.
Flybe’s chief executive Saad Hammad said the announcement is a significant landmark in the re-birth of Flybe.
“Flybe is today already connecting over seven million passengers a year throughout the UK and Europe,” he said.
“With this new major London connection from Dublin, we are not only cementing our position as Europe’s largest regional airline but also upholding our customer promise to be ‘The Fastest Way from A to Flybe’.”
One way fares with Flybe including taxes and charges start from €60
Almost four million passengers travelled between Dublin and London in 2013, up 6pc on the previous year.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said the service was great news for Irish tourism and for Irish business, and represents an important new link from the heart of London into Dublin.
“The Government is actively promoting new routes into Ireland to support Irish tourism and the business sector, and we have reduced the air travel tax to €0,” he added.
“It’s great that Flybe is responding in this manner and I look forward to the start of this new service.”
Flybe also announced services from London City to Belfast City, Edinburgh, Exeter and Inverness.