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British cities twinned with the Med

The fast expanding leisure route network is good news for Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol

British Airways is expanding its operations from London City and regional airports with increased frequencies and new summer leisure routes.

In January, weekday services from London City to Milan Linate will double from 11 to 23 a week. Flights to Frankfurt increase from 20 to 24 a week and to Dublin from 32 to 36 a week.

In May, weekend leisure networks from the regions, introduced earlier this year, will also grow. The new routes will include Manchester to Alicante and Nice, Birmingham to Malaga and Florence and Bristol to Ibiza, Palma and Florence. There will be extra weekend flights from Manchester to Malaga, Ibiza and Palma, from Birmingham to Palma and from Bristol to Malaga.

The extra flights are made possible with the arrival of two new 98-seat Embraer 190 aircraft in January and April 2018, bringing the total fleet number to 22. The airline is also recruiting 20 new pilots and 20 cabin crew.

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Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: “The new Embraer 190 jets will be a welcome addition to our fleet as we continue to grow our route network and frequencies both from our home base at London City and from other UK regional airports. It enables us to expand both our business and leisure routes, with much improved schedules and timings to Milan Linate and Frankfurt.

“This year we have almost doubled the number of routes we operate compared to last year and the winter season brings a further five new routes, London City to Paris Orly, Prague and Reykjavik and Manchester to Chambery and Salzburg ahead of the new routes next summer.”

From Heathrow, new summer weekend services will open to Figari in Corsica and the Greek island of Kefalonia.