The route, which is a public service obligation, or PSO, has previously only been operated on a daily basis. The new bmi regional service will be twice daily every day except Saturdays (when there will be one flight each way) and timed to compliment business schedules, making it easy for business travellers to do the round-trip in a day.
Jochen Schnadt, chief commercial officer of bmi regional, commented: “The North West region of Ireland is undergoing a sustained period of economic growth, and has received significant investment in new jobs and growth projects over the past 12 months. It is important for businesses that the region is well connected to the UK capital and bmi regional is proud to be bringing its quality, premium product to this route. Whereas previously business travellers between Derry and London have had to stay overnight in the city, they will now be able to commute there and back in a day, saving both money and time, and hopefully resulting in continued economic growth for the Derry region.”
The new route will go on sale mid-March, with fares starting from £44 one way.