Boost for Stansted as British Airways launches three new routes 

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The FINANCIAL — London Stansted received a major boost on January 31 with the news that British Airways is expanding its route network from the airport this summer. 

From May the airline will launch three new  summer-only destinations to Florence, Italy, Geneva, Switzerland and Nice. 

Flights to Malaga and Faro will also resume for the summer, according to London Stansted.

In addition flights to Ibiza will increase from one to three a week and flights to Palma from weekly to two a week. With the year-round Berlin flights the airline will fly to eight destinations from Stansted this summer. 

All flights will operate on Embraer 190 aircraft. 

British Airways started flying from Stansted in May last year, adding a fourth London airport to its network.  

All the new flights will operate at weekends, and will provide more than 65,000 seats from the airport this summer, 42,000 more than last year. 

Alex Cruz, British Airways CEO and chairman, said: “We were delighted with our first year at Stansted, giving British Airways’ customers even more choice by adding a fourth London airport to our network.  We begin our 2017 season by launching all these new routes and adding frequency to the popular Ibiza and Palma routes, providing customers with flights to the sun direct from their doorstep. These are the destinations that our customers tell us they want to fly to so we look forward to a busy summer.” 

Andrew Cowan, Stansted Airport CEO, said: 

“The announcement by British Airways is fantastic news for Stansted Airport and for passengers from right across the East of England and London. British Airways enjoyed a really successful first year at the airport and this boost in services is a clear demonstration of the strength of demand that exists across the region.”  

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