British Airways celebrated its tenth year of operations at London City Airport with a gala event hosted by Gary Lineker in Canary Wharf, not far from the airport itself, with star turns provided by X Factor winner Matt Cardle and the irrepressible Stavros Flatley.

Held at the Museum of London Docklands, guests included colleagues from British Airways’ City to JFK route, BA CityFlyer, and Sun Air, which operates a service in BA colours to Billund in Denmark, as well as high-value corporate customers.

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh reflected back on BA’s first flight on an Avro RJ100 on BA CitiExpress to Paris March 30, 2003, to the present day which sees British Airways as the biggest carrier at London City in terms of passenger numbers and operating the most modern fleet in Europe with BA CityFlyer’s Embraer fleet. “London City is a great base for British Airways, ” he said. “I would like to thank all of you here for your efforts and I know that the 1.3 million customers who fly from City each year appreciate everything you do too.”

The evening culminated with a prize raffle for prizes including an expenses-paid trip to the Loire Valley and a simulator experience, which raised £1,682 for Flying Start.