UPDATE: As this is quite a significant development a new article, outside of the blog section, has been created. You can read it here. The original blog post remains below, it will no longer be updated.
There's so many good places to go along the east coast and taking a bike with you is a great way of exploring even if you only have a few hours available. Combine this with the excellent 'Hot Cakes' flash sales that Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) have run on some weekends and you have a great recipe for a cheap and enjoyable day trip.
On 18 May 2017 BA CityFlyer launched flights from London City Airport to Manchester. There's only one flight a week on a Thursday from London and two flights returning from Manchester on the Sunday. This is in contrast to the eight daily flights between Heathrow and Manchester.
In 2016 I did most of my domestic travel by train but so far this year I've spent more time in the air than on a train. My trips to Edinburgh and Glasgow were both by plane and about 70% of my Newcastle trips so far have been by plane.
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Here's something for those who feel impulsive and like to make travel decisions on the day. Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) are rolling out advance tickets that can be purchased up to 2 hours before departure. Over time advance purchase tickets have moved from being available up to a week before departure, to 18:00 the day before and then 23:59 the day before.
After reviewing a recent Club Europe (short haul business class) flight from Glasgow to London City I thought it would be good to look at the Euro Traveller (economy class) product on a similar length journey. BA CityFlyer is a subsidiary of British Airways and offers short haul flights from London City Airport as well as seasonal holiday flights from UK regional airports such as Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.
British Airways have recently (April 2017) introduced their Club Europe business class product on domestic flights. I had a look at the service offered by their London City subsidiary, BA CityFlyer, which differs to what is offered on BA mainline services from Heathrow and Gatwick.
Glasgow (GLA) - London City Airport (LCY)
BA2215 departure 20:05 operated by BA CityFlyer