Cologne Bonn Airport will welcome back British Airways (BA) after a 12-year hiatus when the UK carrier starts a seasonal route later this year and becomes the 34th airline to operate at the German gateway.
The four-times weekly London Gatwick Airport connection will be operated by BA using an Airbus A320 from 16 November.
It will be the seventh link from Cologne to the UK adding to routes to Bristol (Ryanair), Edinburgh (Eurowings), London Heathrow (Eurowings), London Southend (Flybe), London Stansted (Eurowings and Ryanair) and Manchester (Ryanair). easyJet had previously offered flights to Gatwick until March 2016.
Cologne Bonn Airport president and chief executive officer, Johan Vanneste (pictured left) said: “We are very proud that British Airways is returning to the airport ‒ an airline that has a high symbolic value for us.
“With British Airways, we welcome one of the leading airlines in the world, one which also offers our passengers an exciting long-haul network from London Gatwick.”
BA’s managing director at Gatwick, Adam Carson said: “We are delighted to be giving our customers the opportunity to fly directly from Cologne to London Gatwick. London has been one of the top destinations for a city break for decades.”
Once it starts, Cologne Bonn will offer close to 300,000 seats to the UK during the winter season for 2018/19 and based on current schedules, the UK will also jump ahead of Spain to claim its position as the airport’s second largest country market to be served over the winter season.
Cologne Bonn’s traffic in the first half of the year has seen solid growth, with the German gateway handling more than 5.9 million passengers so far in 2018.