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What Happened To British Airways' London Stansted Flights?


  • British Airways’ presence at London Stansted Airport has evolved with changes to routes, frequencies, and services.
  • The airline expanded its services in 2016, offering flights to popular European holiday destinations.
  • In 2023, British Airways partnered with Corsican Places to provide a weekly service between Stansted and Calvi.

In the ever-changing landscape of the airline industry, routes and schedules can shift dramatically over the years. British Airways’ presence at London Stansted Airport has seen its fair share of changes, with shifts in routes, frequencies, and services. From its initial launch of flights in 2016 to the most recent developments in 2023, the story of British Airways at London Stansted is one of adaptation and evolution.

A promising start in 2016

In 2016, British Airways announced that the airline would commence flights from London Stansted. This move marked a significant expansion of its services, with flights to popular European holiday destinations such as Faro, Malaga, Palma, and Ibiza.

A BA City Flyer aircraft about to land.

Operated by its subsidiary BA CityFlyer, the routes were primarily weekend-only, catering to travelers seeking a quick getaway. The introduction of these routes was met with enthusiasm, as it provided convenient options for passengers in the east of England and London’s surrounding areas.

Scaling back in 2018

Fast forward to 2018, and British Airways’ approach at London Stansted had changed. The airline’s subsidiary, BA CityFlyer, had initially introduced seasonal weekend routes from Stansted due to the closure of London City Airport during parts of the weekend. This inventive solution allowed the airline to utilize its fleet of Embraer aircraft more effectively. However, signs of scaling back were evident as some routes were canceled, and others saw a reduction in frequency.

A BA CityFlyer flying in the sky.

Routes to destinations such as Berlin Tegel, Florence, Ibiza, Milan, and Palma experienced modifications. Some routes were temporarily suspended, while others were limited to specific days of the week. These changes reflected the airline’s strategic adjustments to match demand and optimize its operations. Despite the scaling back, routes to popular vacation spots like Faro, Malaga, and Nice retained their frequency, signaling the importance of these destinations in British Airways’ portfolio.

2023: A new direction

As the calendar flipped to 2023, British Airways took yet another turn in its journey at London Stansted. British is largely out of London Stansted at this point, although BA CityFlyer announced a partnership with Corsican Places this year. From May to October, a weekly Sunday service between Stansted and Calvi is being operated, offering travelers a connection to the island of Corsica.

A panoramic view of Calvi Airport.

The collaboration with Corsican Places allowed British Airways to offer holiday packages encompassing flights, transfers, or car hire. This approach aimed to enhance the travel experience for customers and tap into the growing demand for packaged vacations.

Evolution and adaptation

The trajectory of British Airways‘ London Stansted flights reflects the airline’s ability to evolve and adapt in response to changing circumstances. From the initial excitement of launching new routes in 2016 to the strategic scaling back in 2018 and the recent partnership-driven approach in 2023, British Airways has certainly altered its approach to London Stansted.

The airport has recovered to pre-COVID passenger numbers, so although initial scalebacks by BA occurred before the pandemic, time will tell if the airport’s recovery will lead to additional new routes.

Should British Airways operate more flights from London Stansted again? Why or why not, and if so, then where? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Sources: Business Traveller, London Air Traveler, TTG

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    British Airways

    IATA/ICAO Code:

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport

    Year Founded:


    Airline Group:

    Sean Doyle

    United Kingdom

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    London Stansted Airport

    IATA/ICAO Code:

    United Kingdom

    Ken O’Toole

    Passenger Count :
    7,146,000 (2021)

    Runways :
    04/22 – 3,049m (10,003ft)


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