British Airways has announced plans to start flying in to the financial heart of London from Dublin this winter.
The carrier will be the third airline to offer a direct link in to London City Airport from October – giving business passengers and tourists a choice of 15 flights out of Dublin each day.
BA starts its new direct five-a-day flights from Dublin on October 26, the day before Flybe starts four daily services. Cityjet already has six daily services to the same airport.
BA boss Willie Walsh said customers wanted direct access to the Docklands and London’s financial centre.
“The excellent schedule we are offering means they have plenty of choice whether they are flying for business or pleasure,” said the chief executive of International Airlines Group.
“The addition of this new route complements our existing eight times daily Dublin to London Heathrow service and helps further strengthen and develop business and tourism links between Dublin and London.”
The Dublin-London route is one of the busiest city to city routes in the world, with almost four million passengers travelling between the capitals last year, up 6pc on 2012.
BA aircraft - a mix of Embraer 170 and 190 - jets will be based in Dublin overnight for an early morning departure, allowing customers to do a full day’s business in London or to connect on to its 26 domestic, European and international destinations from the Docklands airport.
One way hand baggage only fares start from €39.
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said he was delighted to see British Airways further expand its services between Dublin and London.
“British Airways resumed operations on the Dublin to London Heathrow route in the summer of 2012 and has gone from strength to strength over the past two years,” he added.
“With the addition of this welcome new service to London City Airport, British Airways will offer passengers a choice of two London airports from Dublin and we are looking forward to working with them to promote the new daily link between the two cities.”