A new service between London Stansted and City of Derry Airport has been announced by bmi regional.

Starting from May 2, the new service will run twice daily except Saturdays, when there will be one flight each way.

It has been timed to compliment business schedules.

The new service will add to the public service obligation already in place between the airports, which operated on a daily basis.

Jochen Schnadt, chief commercial officer of bmi regional, said, “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.”

Derry was named UK City of Culture in 2013 and is the only completely walled city in Ireland and the UK.

The new route goes on sale March 9, with fares starting from £44 one-way.