New twice daily Derry to Stansted route takes flight
A NEW air route connecting Derry and London Stansted has taken flight for the first time.
Bmi regional's new service departed City of Derry Airport at 6.45am this morning (Tuesday), with the twice daily route a welcome boost for the north west region.
Passengers departing and arriving on the inaugural flight on the 49-seater jet aircraft were treated to light refreshments, entertainment and a keepsake certificate to mark the occasion, with the new route bmi regional's first to and from Northern Ireland.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Hilary McClintock was among the passengers and has welcomed the service.
"Maintaining frequent, convenient and competitively priced air services to and from London is vitally important to the council and the airport and we believe that this route is vital for the future development of our regional economy and the social development of our region," she said
Roy Devine, chairman of operations at City of Derry Airport said a direct air link with a London airport was "imperative" for the region and its business community.
"The double daily service between City of Derry Airport and London Stansted, (exception Saturday when there is one service) has already proven very popular with business and leisure travellers throughout the North West with bmi regional indicating strong sales to date."
Jochen Schnadt, chief commercial officer of bmi regional said the new flight route was proving a popular addition.
"Given Derry’s recent and sustained period of economic growth, significant investment in new jobs and the various future growth projects, we are positive that the enhanced double-daily connectivity bmi regional’s new service offers will generate additional activity in the market. It has become one of our fastest selling route launches and we are very pleased with customer acceptance of our latest service," he said.