The London-based unit of IAG SA will link the north English city with Alicante, Malaga and the islands of Ibiza and Mallorca in Spain,as well as Nice in France and the Greek island of Mykonos, it said in a statement Tuesday. The service will use 98-seat Embraer SA E190 jets from BAs CityFlyer arm. The most important business stories of the day. Get Bloomberg's daily newsletter. Sign Up BAs current Manchester timetable features as many as 10 daily shuttle flights to London Heathrow that feed passengers onto lucrative long-haul routes. The airlines last services from the city to mainland Europe ended in 2007, followed by the termination of the final long-haul destination, New York, in 2008. Though it still serves Bilund in Denmark and Bremen, Germany, those flights are operated book flights by Danish carrier Sun-Air. The new destinations each get one weekend return service, apart from Ibiza, with three weekly flights, and are meant partly to improve utilization of the E190s. While the jets are based at London City Airport , the urban facility closes to flights between 1 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday due to noise curbs.
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But at the end of 2016, the French aviation authority decided to stop providing air traffic control services as a cost-saving measure. While in some instances passenger flights are still permitted without a staffed control tower, it appears BA was not prepared to operate under such circumstances. The airport director, Jean-Pierre Stagnaro, called the move: A simple reason with a dramatic result. But he was optimistic that the link would be restored, with a different airline: We are working towards another solution, he told The Independent. The OAG Pocket Flight Guide shows just one destination currently available from Angers: Paris, with five departures a day. But on closer inspection they turn out to be high-speed rail services. Angers-Loire faces stiff competition from nearby airports. Nantes, Rennes, Tours and Poitiers are all under 100 miles away. In addition, Ryanair has just announced a new route from Stansted to Lorient, 150 miles west. Flights will operate from 4 July to 28 October. The link will compete with British Airways, which has a summer flight programme from London City to nearby Quimper.
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