CityJet looks to expand Dublin and Cork routes
CityJet is planning on expanding its services in Cork and adding at least two new Dublin routes over the next two years, according to the company's executive chairman.
Pat Byrne, who is also the company's founder, was speaking as the firm yesterday announced its new Cork to London City airport route that will operate 18 times weekly.
Mr Byrne said that the airline expects to carry as many as 100,000 passengers a year on the route when it is fully operational.
Speaking to the Irish Independent he said: "I think we would be good to carry up to 100,000, that is our ambition anyway. If we achieve that we will look at increasing the service. We are looking at summer 2016 for a couple of new routes from the airport, probably two, [they will] more than likely be French".
Regarding operations at Dublin airport he said: "We will be expanding somewhat in Dublin, we would be hoping to add two or three routes over the next two years, two is more likely."
The company also announced yesterday that it has been awarded a wet lease contract with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) that will see it operate a regional network between Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm from March.
As part of the deal CityJet has acquired SAS subsidiary Blue1. Although Blue1 only has five aircrafts, which are due to be decomissioned at the end of the month, the company's 100 employees will help staff the new SAS routes.
CityJet's flagship Dublin to London City route has seen 40pc growth in the last six months. The firm employs almost 500 staff, with over 300 based at its headquarters in Swords, Dublin.