The airline BMI Regional have announced that it will begin twice daily flights from City of Derry Airport to London Stansted beginning on Sunday March 26th.
This new service from City of Derry airport will include two return flights each day, except for Saturdays which will have one flight each way to Stansted airport. A pledge of nearly four million pound has been pledged from the government towards this new London route which comes after Ryanair pulled the route from the airport last year.
The airline was chosen following a competitive tender process by Derry City and the new route has had a commitment to be support until 2019 by the government. This funding has been drawn from the Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund. This fund can be used towards protecting regional air connections to London which may otherwise be lost.
This announcement of this new London service will provide a boost to the tourism of the city and to the airport as last year the Northern Ireland Executive pledged £7 million to help support Londonderry’s troubled airport.