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British Airways adds routes from London City

British Airways is to begin routes from London City to Rotterdam and Florence from March 2014.

The carrier will also add extra daily flights from the Docklands airport to Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Zurich.

BA plans to add three new Embraer aircraft to its fleet at London City, with the first two 98-seat jets arriving in May. When the third Embraer arrives, BA will have 17 aircraft based at the airport.

The new Rotterdam route will run five times per week, while the service to Florence will operate four times per week. Both services are scheduled to start on March 31.

The new routes will increase the number of destinations BA serves from London City to 25.

At the same time, the airline is also increasing capacity on its London City to Dusseldorf route by replacing the current Saab turboprop aircraft with an Embraer jet.

Adam Carson, managing director of British Airways subsidiary BA City Flyer, said: "The growth of London City Airport will allow us to further grow our own business there.

"Although London City was built primarily as a business airport we have seen a huge demand from our customers for more holiday destinations. We have seen growth in both the leisure and business markets and the two new routes we are launching reflects that.

"Rotterdam is obviously a very important business centre while Florence is the gateway to the beautiful region of Tuscany."

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