BA CityFlyer

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

BA CityFlyer is a wholly owned subsidiary airline of British Airways with its head office in the Didsbury area of Manchester, England.[3] It operates a network of domestic and European services from its main bases at London City Airport and Edinburgh Airport[2] as well as other minor UK bases. All services operate with BA's full colours, titles and flight numbers.[4] 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.[5]


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.[6]

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 October 2018, the airline revealed that it would discontinue its seasonal flights from Birmingham and Bristol[7].


BA CityFlyer Embraer 170
BA CityFlyer Embraer 190

As of May 2019, the BA CityFlyer fleet consists of the following aircraft:[8]

BA CityFlyer fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers
Embraer E170 6 76
Embraer E190 18 2[citation needed] 98
Total 24 2


In addition to their scheduled operation BA Cityflyer also operates a number of charter flights on behalf of tour operators during both the Summer and Winter seasons from Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow Airport, Humberside Airport and Isle of Man Airport.

Due to the closure of London City Airport during weekends due to noise pollution, CityFlyer operates a few flights from Stansted Airport and Manchester Airport to various European destinations to utilise the fleet, This incurs interesting flight plans such as London City Airport to Berlin to London Stansted Airport, in order to position aircraft for the weekends.


BA Cityflyer carried almost 2.4 million passengers during 2017, an 8.5% increase since 2016 and a record total for the airline.[9]

Year Total passengers Total flights Load factor Passenger change YoY
2008 713,670 15,687 43.9%
2009 699,670 14,197 49.0% Decrease002.0%
2010 798,523 14,330 66.0% Increase014.1%
2011 1,125,758 19,099 68.0% Increase041.0%
2012 1,184,810 21,745 65.2% Increase005.2%
2013 1,371,993 23,893 69.3% Increase015.8%
2014 1,710,920 29,326 71.0% Increase024.7%
2015 1,933,155 32,805 72.0% Increase013.0%
2016 2,192,847 36,351 72.8% Increase013.4%
2017 2,379,942 37,143 73.5% Increase08.5%
2018 2,697,956 41,068 75.3% Increase 13.4%
Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority [9]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

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.[10][11] The aircraft was damaged beyond economic repair, and was written off by insurers in May 2009.[12]


  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ "Our Locations." (Archive) BA CityFlyer. Retrieved on 5 March 2010.
  4. ^ "UK & Ireland Airlines Guide 2011". Airliner World. March 2011. p. 4.
  5. ^ Civil Aviation Authority – Operating Licence Holders Archived 11 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. p. 83.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "GINFO Search Results Summary". UK Civil Aviation Authority. 12 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  9. ^ a b "UK Airline Data". UK Civil Aviation Authority. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  10. ^ Air Accidents Investigation Branch (13 February 2009). "Air Accidents Investigation: Avro 146-RJ100, G-BXAR". Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  11. ^ "London City Airport crash jet 'not properly serviced'". BBC News. 11 February 2010.
  12. ^ "BA jobs go after plane write-off". BBC News. 25 May 2009.

External links[edit]

Media related to BA CityFlyer at Wikimedia Commons