Twice daily flights from Derry to
BMI Regional has won the contract to operate the
City of Derry Airport to London Stansted route
following a competitive tendering process.
The flights will run initially twice daily on a
49-seater jet aircraft, with an early morning
departure each day. This will enable commuters from
the region to arrive in Central London before 9am
and complete a full day’s business before returning
on an early evening flight.
City of Derry Airport.
The service will
operate as a Public Service Obligation (PSO) route
for an initial two-year period with support funding
provided by the Department for Transport and a
subvention of up to £260,000 per annum from Derry
City and Strabane District Council. Chief commercial
officer of BMI Regional Jochen Schnadt said: “The
North West region of Ireland is undergoing a
sustained period of economic growth and has received
significant investment in new jobs and growth
projects over the past 12 months. It is important
for businesses that the region is well connected to
the UK capital and BMI Regional is proud to be
bringing its quality, premium product to this route.
"Whereas previously business travellers between
Derry and London have had to stay overnight in the
city, with our new double daily flights they will
now be able to commute there and back in a day,
saving both money and time, and hopefully resulting
in continued economic growth for the Derry region.”