CityJet order for 14 aircrafts and launches Cork to London route
Irish airline CityJet has launched its inaugural flights between Cork and London City Airport today.
The new route which will include 18 flights weekly between Cork and London City.
Executive chairman Pat Byrne said they the company is confident and excited about the new route, saying: "“We are delighted to launch our new Cork to London City Airport route which emphasises the progress we have made in building our passenger numbers and expanding our services across Europe.
"Great plans are underway at Cork Airport and we see great potential in delivering access to London’s most accessible airport for the people of Cork and Munster in general.”
Separately, the company also announced that it has been awarded a major contract by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) to operate a network of regional routes from Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm.
Starting in March 2016, CityJet will operate services on behalf of SAS using eight new aircrafts, with an option to increase to 14 aircrafts in 2017.
The company is to acquire eight 90-seat Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets with the potential to add six further aircrafts in 2017, bringing the total aircraft value to over $650m
CityJet employs almost 500 staff, with over 300 based at its headquarters in Swords, Dublin, and additional crew bases in London and Paris.
It will carry over two million passengers this year on its own scheduled services network, on its wet lease programme for Air France and its charter services.