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BA CityFlyer

BA CityFlyer
BA CityFlyer logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded25 March 2007
AOC #2314
Operating bases London City
Frequent-flyer programExecutive Club
AllianceOneworld (affiliate)
Fleet size24
Parent companyBritish Airways
Key peopleTom Stoddart, MD

BA CityFlyer is a British regional airline, and a wholly owned subsidiary of British Airways with its head office in the Didsbury area of Manchester, England.[2] It operates a network of domestic and European services from its base at London City Airport. All services operate with BA's full colours, titles and flight numbers.[3] BA Cityflyer Limited holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, meaning that it is permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.[4]


British Airways' sale of BA Connect to Flybe in 2007 did not include the London City Airport operations and its associated fleet of ten Avro RJ100 regional jet aircraft. This led to British Airways' decision to resurrect erstwhile Gatwick-based CityFlyer Express (which BA had integrated into its Gatwick mainline short-haul operation in 2001, following the acquisition of CityFlyer Express in 1999) as a new wholly owned subsidiary to take over this operation, as of March 2007. BA CityFlyer was awarded an Air Operators Certificate on 8 February 2007, and started operations on 25 March 2007.[5]

In February 2016, BA CityFlyer announced that it would commence operating flights from London-Stansted in May 2016. In January and February 2017, they announced that they would commence summer seasonal services from Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh, Dublin and Birmingham to a variety of destinations in Spain, Italy, Greece and France. This marks the return of BA to the regions after an absence of nearly 10 years. Flights will also operate in the summer between London City and Manchester, operating with Embraer 190 aircraft.

In 2018, the airline reported nearly doubled profits,[6] with profits increasing 28% and revenue up by 18%. Recently, the airline has pulled out from operating at both Birmingham and Bristol and has made several changes to its schedule increasing frequency and adding new services to Rome.[7]

In July 2020, it was announced that the crew base at Edinburgh Airport is to be closed with 270 pilots being made redundant.[8]


BA CityFlyer Embraer 190

As of January 2021, the BA CityFlyer fleet consists of the following aircraft:[9]

BA CityFlyer fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Embraer 190 22 2 98
Total 22 2


In addition to their scheduled flights from London City, the airline also operates a number of scheduled and charter flights from Edinburgh,[10]Glasgow,[11] and London-Stansted[12] airports primarily to leisure destinations.

It was announced on 9 December 2020 that BA CityFlyer would return to Southampton Airport from May 2021 to European destinations following the collapse of Flybe.


BA CityFlyer carried over 2.8 million passengers in 2019, a 4.8% increase from 2018.[13]

Accidents and incidents

The BA CityFlyer Avro RJ100 involved in the February 2009 incident

On 13 February 2009, BA CityFlyer Flight 8456 (an Avro RJ100, registered G-BXAR, flying from Amsterdam) suffered a nose-gear collapse whilst landing at London City Airport. None of the 67 passengers or five crew members was seriously injured in the incident, but three passengers suffered minor injuries, two of whom were kept in hospital overnight. After a normal approach the nose landing-gear fractured as it was lowered onto the runway, due to the presence of a fatigue-crack in the upper internal bore of the landing-gear main fitting.[]

It was found that the crack had formed as a result of poor surface finish during manufacture, and the incomplete embodiment of a manufacturer's service bulletin, which the landing-gear maintenance records showed as being implemented at its last overhaul in June 2006.[14][15] The aircraft was damaged beyond economic repair, and was written off by insurers in May 2009.[16]


  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Our Locations." (Archive) BA CityFlyer. Retrieved on 5 March 2010.
  3. ^ "UK & Ireland Airlines Guide 2011". Airliner World. March 2011. p. 4.
  4. ^ Civil Aviation Authority - Operating Licence Holders Archived 11 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. p. 83.
  6. ^ "BA CityFlyer doubles full-year profits". Flight Global. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "How BA CityFlyer Managed To Double Its Profits In A Year". Simple Flying.
  8. ^ - BA CityFlyer to close Edinburgh base, BA to fire 270 pilots 24 July 2020
  9. ^ "BA Cityflyer fleet". Planespotter.
  10. ^ - BA CityFlyer Plans for Florence Take Off From Edinburgh 18 December 2017
  11. ^ Airways, British. "BRITISH AIRWAYS TO 'BASQUE' IN NEW ROUTE".
  12. ^ - "BA Cityflyer takes off from Stansted" (German) 9 February 2016
  13. ^ a b "UK Airline Data". UK Civil Aviation Authority. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ Air Accidents Investigation Branch (13 February 2009). "Air Accidents Investigation: Avro 146-RJ100, G-BXAR". Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ "London City Airport crash jet 'not properly serviced'". BBC News. 11 February 2010.
  16. ^ "BA jobs go after plane write-off". BBC News. 25 May 2009.

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