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Saturday 21 October 2017

CityJet to terminate services between Cork and London City Airport

CityJet’s new aircraft SSJ100
CityJet’s new aircraft SSJ100
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

CityJet is to terminate its service between Cork and London City Airport from June 26.

It launched the route last October, but said its initial optimism had not translated into sufficient business being generated by the service.

“Unfortunately, with the route now in its eighth month of operation, we have been unable to achieve our passenger load factor and average fare targets,” said CityJet executive chairman Pat Byrne. “Consequently, our 18 weekly flights failed to gain a market foothold sufficiently to ensure a continuity of this service. This is despite strong and appreciated support from Cork Airport and business organisations in the region, in addition to a significant investment in marketing of the route.’’

He said the airline remains committed to its routes from Cork to La Rochelle and Nantes in France, and to its charter service to Menorca.

“While this spells the termination of CityJet flights from Cork to London, the airline believes there are potentially viable routes to other European destinations which could prove particularly attractive in the light of the deliveries of our new Superjet SSJ 100 jets,” Mr Byrne said.

All affected passengers are being contacted by CityJet.

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