British Airways is set to take over the Hamburg Airport to London City route from its Danish franchise partner Sun Air beginning on May 8, 2016. Flight frequencies will increase from two to three on weekdays with one additional route on Saturdays and Sundays as well. The deployment of the Saab 2000 will more than double the number of available seats.
52 weekly flights
Dr. Jörgen Kearsley, Director of Aviation Marketing at Hamburg Airport, said: “The additional connections give business travellers an even greater choice of flights to London and will also attract holidayers going on city trips to the British capital.” The summer flight plan will allow travellers to choose from 52 (35 to London Heathrow and 17 to London City) weekly British Airways flights.
Hanseatic business people and British flair
Hamburg and Britain have long had close connections and not just in aviation. The two cities also have intense business links. The first Hanseatic merchants arrived in London during the 13th century. Today, companies in Hamburg export around 10 per cent of goods to Britain putting the kingdom in second place, according to a recent analysis by the Northern Statistical Office. Some 120 Hamburg-based companies are represented in Britain. And in 2014, around 280,000 British tourists travelled to Hamburg which is also home to over 4,000 Britons. The fair, British Flair, has been held in Hamburg for the past 26 years.