City restores Zürich connection

•  Flights between London City Airport and Zürich resumed on Monday 5 October

•  5x weekly service restores important international route – LCY’s fourth most popular last year

London City Airport welcomed the return of flights to Zürich (ZRH) on Monday 5th October, 2020.

Five flights a week, operated by home-based BA CityFlyer, will go between London’s most central airport and Zürich.

The route was London City Airport’s fourth most popular in 2019, seeing 429,019 passengers fly between the UK capital and Switzerland’s largest city.

Welcoming the return of the flights, London City Airport Chief Commercial Officer, Richard Hill, said:

“This is a positive step for the airport, good news for business travel, and an important step in the economic recovery.

Zürich is a key hub of international business, finance, and government. So, it is crucial that London has strong, fast and easy connections direct from the centre of the capital.

“We’re also hopeful that, with the COVID-19 case rate consistently falling in Switzerland, the Government will remove it from the quarantine list. This would be enormously welcome for our airlines and would allow them to schedule more routes and rotations through the winter season.”

London City Airport recently surveyed business leaders in the UK on their intentions to travel. Two thirds said that they consider travel to be important for the future of their business. A survey of over 4,700 customers earlier this sum also demonstrated a strong desire to travel, with 79 percent of customers saying they are likely to travel when told it’s safe to do so.

Alongside industry partners, the airport is calling on the Government to introduce a consistent testing regime for air travel which could, in the short term, substantially reduce the current requirement for quarantine. This would make travel more viable for more people, which would be a significant shot in the arm for the aviation and travel industry.

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Notes to Editors

  • London City Airport temporarily suspended commercial and private flights on 25 March 2020, in response to the escalating public health crisis and government lockdown measures. Flights resumed on 21 June 2020.
     
  • A range of measures have been put in place at the airport to create a safe and convenient environment for passengers and staff, including:
    • An enhanced cleaning regime, including a long-life anti-microbial surface treatment, used throughout the airport
    • Touch-free hand sanitiser stations
    • One-way systems
    • Perspex screens at key points of interaction, such as check-in desks
    • Clear signage and floor markings to help maintain social distancing and guide you through the airport
    • Advance crowd monitoring technology to identify and manage busy areas, using CrowdVision
    • Non-contact, automatic temperature checking technology for rapid preliminary screening
    • Staff using face masks or visors and gloves
More information on measures and the airport experience is available here:
  1. Business Leaders Survey – Survation
    • Field work: 26th August 2020
    • Population sample: Business leaders in the UK, 515 respondents
    • Question: How important, if at all, is domestic and international travel to the success of your business?
    • Answer: Very Important (32%), Quite Important (32%)
       
  2. Customer Survey – London City Airport
    • Field work: 8th to 15th June, 2020
    • Population sample: LCY customer database, 4,705 respondents
       

Media contact:
Joe Rankin, Head of Communications
07936 342 656
Joe.Rankin@londoncityairport.com