BUSINESSMEN and women are to benefit from a new air route which will see them zoom to the financial heart of London within two hours.
Flybe has announced it has signed a five-year agreement with London City Airport which will see the introduction of a low-priced route from Edinburgh.
The airline will offer four services a day between the two cities, which includes business friendly flights arriving in London before 9am and all for fares from just £50.
Air chiefs hope the new route will appeal to those travelling for business to and from the City of London and Canary Wharf whose travel plans are time-critical and who will appreciate the reduced transfer times.
London City Airport is located in the heart of the financial capital with connections offered every ten minutes by the Docklands Light Railway, meaning that passengers can be in Canary Wharf in 12 minutes and, via the London Underground, in Westminster in just 24 minutes.
The new route will open on October 27.
Saad Hammad, Flybe’s chief executive officer, said: “We have taken into consideration how appealing London City is for business travellers looking to be in central London in time for morning meetings, as well as getting home in time to put the kids to bed.”
Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said air travel remained the best way for people to access London.
He said: “We’re delighted to see Flybe announce this new service to London City Airport. We will grow as an airport by providing our passengers with choice. It is fantastic to be continuing to do that with a strong Flybe brand.”
Also this week, the first scheduled service offering a direct flight to Stavanger in Norway departs from Edinburgh Airport.
The maiden flight leaves today and will operate twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays until October 5.
It is hoped the route will appeal to business and leisure travellers.