I wonder whether it will operate in summer 2019. When I last looked at the BA rolling timetable (bookable for about 12 months ahead) it was shown as operating in the early months of next summer but as we know that sort of long range timetabling can be altered, by any airline.Apparently so. However, according to ba.com FLR-BRS arrived around 90 mins late and then BRS-FLR arrived 1822 (scheduled 1625). Better than not operating at all but far from satisfactory performance, particularly for an aircraft operating so few rotations in the day.
FLR has had constraints with runway length not dissimilar to those at LCY, so historically PSA has been the primary international airport for Florence (hence the good rail service you mention). Upgrades to the rail system in Italy now mean that even central Bologna is only around an hour from Florence, although I'm not aware of a direct rail link from BLQ.The problems BACF has had with it this summer might persuade the airline that its continuance next year is not worth the bother. I don't know Italy well but is the daily easyJet to Pisa really out of the question for Florence? The journey between the two by rail is apparently about an hour with a good frequency. The loads on the Pisa service this summer have been high with quite a number of sell-outs shown on the easyJet booking website so it's unlikely to see a reduction next summer.
Yes there was problems but from the airports point of view having BA flying from the airport in some people's view would've added some sort of prestige. What is more important though is that they haven't been able to keep hold of another non based airline and that may well be a concern for them.With all the problems with flights cancelled and poor timings, this was the best thing that has happened. With all that in mind is to find another operator or see if the LCC wants to add extra rotations. Any thing has to be better if the flights operate every week.
AY could be interested in starting a route to HEL but I can’t see why BACF would be interested in feeding AY long haul flights?Completely agree with the previous comment regarding feeding into Finnair’s network. Could a daily Helsinki route work? KLM seem to do pretty well using 3 or 4 larger planes each day to feed into their network.
I'm wondering whether you've posted this in the wrong thread and if this post was meant for the Route Development thread and not the BA Cityflyer thread?Completely agree with the previous comment regarding feeding into Finnair’s network. Could a daily Helsinki route work? KLM seem to do pretty well using 3 or 4 larger planes each day to feed into their network.