Danish carrier SUN-AIR has resumed scheduled passenger flights after a long hiatus due to the COVID pandemic with the return of its Billund-London City Airport service. The carrier will offer six flights a week and has not revealed whether its other mothballed European routes will return.
SUN-AIR relaunches Billund-London flights
SUN-AIR has restarted its first scheduled passenger flights since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic after resuming flights between Billund Airport (BLL) and London City Airport (LCY) on September 5. The Danish airline will operate six weekly flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays (x2) and Thursdays (x2).
Billund Airport said earlier this week,
“Today, September 5, SUN-AIR is resuming its route to London City. The route is primarily aimed at business travellers, and the timing of the reopening is in line with Billund Airport’s expectation that passenger travel will ‘business is on its way back.’
SUN-AIR, which operates under a franchise agreement with British Airways, caters primarily to business travelers and will operate this service with its 32-seat Dornier 328JET turbofans in a single-class configuration.
The airline cut all scheduled passenger services at the start of 2020. Yet it continued to operate charter and private flights, including a shuttle service for employees of pharmaceutical manufacturer AstraZeneca between Manchester, Cambridge and Gothenburg.
London City Airport’s Director of Aviation, Anne Doyere, added:
“Brick by brick we have rebuilt our network and are delighted to welcome back Sun-Air and connections to and from Billund. We had a strong summer and many new passengers had the opportunity to experience the exceptional and unique level of customer proposition we offer in London City. Looking ahead, we are optimistic for the rest of the year.
The complete program
The airline will offer a daily return service between Billund and London City on Mondays and Tuesdays, followed by two daily flights on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Some routes are operated on a codeshare basis with Finnair and Qatar Airways.
Billund to London:
- BA8209 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu) – Departure from BLL at 08:35, arrival at LCY at 09:15
- BA8211 (Wed, Thu) – Departure from BLL at 5.50 p.m., arrival at LCY at 6.30 p.m.
London to Billund:
- BA8210 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu) – Leaving LCY at 09:45, arriving at BLL at 12:20
- BA8212 (Wed, Thu) – Leaving LCY at 7:00 p.m., arriving at BLL at 9:35 p.m.
“Save time by traveling with SUN-AIR to London City Airport. The airport is located in the heart of London, just four miles from the Canary Wharf business district and less than six miles from central London. From the airport there are direct connections to the DLR station meaning you can reach Canary Wharf in just 13 minutes, unlike other airports in the city you only need 30 minutes to check in at London City, saving you even more time and hassle.
The remaining European network has not yet restarted
The Danish airline operated flights to Brussels, Düsseldorf, Manchester and Oslo before the pandemic. While it’s a promising sign to see SUN-AIR restarting regular passenger flights to London, there’s no official word on when or which of the airline’s other European routes will resume.
The business traveler market has suffered greatly from the pandemic, as business travelers were much less willing to undertake lengthy periods of quarantine while travelling. However, with the rebound in air transport and the lifting of almost all restrictions in Europe, SUN-AIR can expect a boom in demand for its services.
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