Ireland’s European airline says route for business and leisure travel offers great potential
CityJet, the Irish European regional airline, today announced that it is to fly 18 times weekly between Cork Airport and London City Airport, commencing on 1 October.
The airline said it will fly three times daily on weekdays with its first flight from London City Airport (LCY) to Cork departing at 09.35 (0845 from 25 Oct). It will also offer one flight on Saturdays and two on Sundays from London.
The airline, which has its headquarters in Swords, Co. Dublin, said it saw significant potential for flights between London City and Cork, helping to provide fast access to the greater Munster region.
Executive Chairman Pat Byrne said: "We are very excited about this expansion of our route network. We believe the London City to Cork route has significant potential and indications are, as we launch a major marketing and promotional drive, that there are many travellers, both business and leisure, that want to enjoy the fast access and hassle-free experience that London City Airport offers.”
Mr Byrne said: "Our experience in operating into and out of London City Airport is that any passengers who try it remain on the route. It is the only airport actually in London and offers easy access to those living and working in central and east London, especially our target market in the City of London and Canary Wharf financial districts."
"We are really looking forward to introducing ourselves to Cork and providing customers with a convenient and hassle-free service, with complimentary on-board catering and a generous 23kg free check-in baggage allowance".
CityJet has seen significant growth in its traffic in recent months as it has embarked on a major marketing drive and offers a wide range of fares to suit both business and leisure customers. Last month, CityJet announced a 50% increase in passenger numbers in May year on year on its Dublin to London City route.
Mr Byrne said that Cork boasted some of the major multinationals in the State and was a location of choice for pharma, healthcare, ICT and biotechnology companies.
"Cork and its economy continues to thrive and grow. We want to partner that growth by delivering flights into the heart of London's financial district and provide our unrivalled service for business and leisure travellers alike," Mr Byrne added
Welcoming CityJet’s announcement, Declan Collier, CEO, London City Airport, said: "We're delighted that CityJet has included a service between London City Airport and Cork to its schedule. It’s fantastic news for both business and leisure travellers from across London with easy access right into Cork’s city centre and the Munster region. Departure times and the convenience of both airports will make the service very attractive to potential passengers both here and in Ireland. Cork is a stunning city with lots to offer and we believe that the new CityJet service will thrive over the coming months.
"We're looking forward to working with CityJet on its new route and building on this announcement in the future," he added.
Cityjet was founded in 1993. The airline employs approximately 500 people with the majority of its employees located at Dublin Airport and its Swords, Co. Dublin headquarters. The airline currently serves the following airports with a network of routes which offers fast turnaround and onward journey times: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Avignon, Brive, Dublin, London City, Nantes, Paris (Orly), Florence, Rotterdam, Toulon.
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