The facility says the route – which will run five times per week – will be a boost for business travel and will aid its economic recovery
BA CityFlyer has restored its connection between London City Airport and Zurich, following the suspension of all flights from the facility on March 25.
The restoration of this connection was highly anticipated, as it was the fourth most popular travel route in 2019. The link saw 429,019 passengers fly between the UK capital and Switzerland’s largest city.
A recent survey by the airport of business leaders found that two-thirds believed that travel was of great importance regarding the future of their business.
Similarly, a study conducted on 4,700 customers also discovered that they had a strong desire to travel. Out of the travellers surveyed, 79% of them said that they are likely to travel as soon as it was deemed safe to do so.
Richard Hill, chief commercial officer at London City Airport, believes the return of the Zurich flights is a step in the right direction: “This is a positive step for the airport, good news for business travel, and an important step in the economic recovery. Zürich is a key hub of international business, finance, and government. So, it is crucial that London has strong, fast and easy connections directly from the centre of the capital.
“We’re also hopeful that, with the COVID-19 case rate consistently falling in Switzerland, the Government will remove it from the quarantine list. This would be enormously welcome for our airlines and would allow them to schedule more routes and rotations through the winter season.”
The airport is currently calling on the government to introduce a testing regime for those wanting to use air travel. This would then reduce the current required time people are required to quarantine.