BMI Regional to run new Derry to Stansted flights

BMI flights between City of Derry Airport and London Stansted will begin on March 26. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

A DERRY to London air route is to be run by airline BMI Regional after the British government announced a £3.8 million subsidy.

Ryanair had said last year it would axe its route between City of Derry Airport and London Stansted at the end of March.

BMI Regional will now take over the same route with flights beginning on March 26.

The airline was chosen following a tender process by Derry City & Strabane District Council.

The British government will fund the route until the 2018/19 financial year using money from its Regional Air Connectivity Fund.

The new service will include two return flights each day, except for Saturdays which will have one flight each way.

Secretary of State James Brokenshire MP said: "The new service will allow business passengers to get to central London and complete a full day's work before returning home".

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