CityJet introduces new airlink from Cork to London City

Irish European regional airline CityJet has announced the introduction of a new airlink between Cork Airport and London City Airport, and will operate 18 weekly services commencing October 1.

The airline said that it will fly three times daily on week-days with its first flight from Cork to London City Airport (LCY) departing at 07.40am. It will also offer one flight on Saturdays and two on Sundays from Cork.

Commenting on the plan, CityJet Executive Chairman Pat Byrne said: ‘We are very excited about this expansion of our route network. We believe the Cork to London City 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.’

‘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.’

Welcoming CityJet’s announcement, Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director, Cork Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted that CityJet has included a service between Cork Airport and London City to its schedule. It’s fantastic news for both business and leisure travellers from across the Munster region with easy access right into the heart of the city of London. Departure times and the convenience of both airports will make the service very attractive to potential passengers both here and in the UK. London has always been a popular destination and we believe that the new CityJet service will thrive over the coming months.

The Dublin-based airline said that Cork and the greater Munster region had significant potential for flights directly into the heart of the city of London. Cork is home to 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.

CityJet has registered significant growth in traffic in recent months. CityJet recently announced a 50 per cent increase in passenger numbers in May year on year on its Dublin to London City route.

CityJet commences Glasgow-Cardiff route as Flybe cuts its service

Irish regional airline, CityJet, has commenced daily flights from Glasgow Airport to the Welsh capital, Cardiff, from today.

The introduction follows rival Flybe’s decision to abandon the route after nearly six years of service.

In preserving the 313-mile link, Dublin-based CityJet, which is owned by Air France, will launch two daily flights each weekday and a third flight every Thursday and Friday in the summer.

CityJet chief executive, Christine Ourmieres, said: ‘We hope that our new route from Glasgow to Cardiff will provide vital connections for both business and leisure passengers in Scotland. We are keen to invest in Glasgow and we hope people will take advantage of the new daily flights.

‘Cardiff has much to offer in terms of history and culture and with the Six Nations rugby tournament kicking off in February, I’m sure there will be plenty of interest generated among rugby fans.’

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, commented: ‘It will be the first time the airline has operated from Glasgow and we were delighted with its swift decision to step in and maintain what is an important business and tourism link with the Welsh capital.’

Flybe has axed the service as part of a major review of routes in an attempt to curb losses. The Exeter-based airline said in December that its services to Paris Charles de Gaulle and Glasgow will be withdrawn from January 19, and passengers will be offered alternative flights or refunds.

However, the airline said it will continue to run planned flights to the two destinations for fans travelling to Six Nations rugby matches between February 20 and 24.

Cityjet Offers New Services to Germany

CityJet, an Ireland-based airline, is offering new services to Germany from London.

The airline is introducing two new routes to Dresden and Paderborn, in Germany, for the summer of 2013. Flights to Dresden commence from April 1, 2013, and services to Paderborn commence from April 22, 2013. Airfares start from £70 one-way to Dresden, and £85 one-way to Paderborn.

CityJet will be offering six-times weekly services to both destinations, and will be serving the Paderborn route with a Fokker 50 aircraft.

Christine Ourmieres, the airline chief executive officer, said, ‘There is a strong inbound demand for direct routes to the heart of London from Germany both from a business as well as a leisure perspective. By expanding our German network to four destinations, including Munster and Nuremberg, we are answering that demand at a time when Germany continues to remain Europe’s economic powerhouse.

Paderborn will strengthen our offering out of Westphalia, whilst our route in Dresden opens up a whole new region to British-based families and couples looking for a relaxed weekend break or business travellers seeking easy access to the Silicon Valley of East Germany.’

Dresden is located on the banks of the River Elbe in Germany, and features a number of museums and historic buildings, such as the Elbe Castle, Villa Quarter, the Semper Opera House and the Frauenkirche. Paderborn is situated at the mouth of the Pader River, and its attractions include a medieval cathedral and university.

The new routes will increase the airline destinations to 22 cities in Europe, including Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and UK.

The airline has earlier announced a new service to Nuremberg in Germany, from London City Airport, in the UK. The service commences from January 27, 2013, with twice a day flights served by an Avro RJ 85 aircraft.

CityJet Introduces London to Nuremberg Service

CityJet, an Ireland-based airline, is offering a new service to Nuremberg in Germany, from London City Airport in the UK.

The new service commences from January 27, 2013, with twice daily flights served by an Avro RJ 85 aircraft. The new route will compliment the airline’s introductory services to Munster-Osnabruck, commencing on October 29, 2012. The airline is offering return fares from London City Airport to Nuremberg for £109 and above.

Christine Ourmieres, the chief executive officer of CityJet, said, ‘Nuremberg is a key business hub in Europe given its position as the capital of Germany’s industrial heartland.

It is the head office location for many of Germany’s multi-nationals such as Siemens, Puma and Adidas and it plays host to several international trade fairs.

Taking its business and leisure credentials together, it was a clear cut decision for CityJet to launch a new year-round service to Nuremberg, further extending our network into Germany, following the launch of Munster-Osnabruck this Monday October 29th.’

Nuremberg, in Germany, plays host to several German trade fairs, which draw thousands of international visitors to the city every year. Around 120 exhibitions are held in the city year round, attracting around 30,000 exhibitors and one million visitors. Some of the most famous trade fairs held in this city are the Nuremberg International Toy Fair, and IT-SA, a famous software fair.

The new route to Nuremberg will expand CityJet’s operation to 20 European airports in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK.

The airline had previously launched its new OnAir music channel for passengers, offering a mix of tracks from modern European and US indie and pop artists, such as Bag Raiders, Jens Lekman, Bon Iver, Future Islands, and Arsenal. Visitors to its website, www.cityjet.com/music, and Facebook page can also listen to the channel. The airline is also offering a new CityJet playlist on all flights during boarding and disembarking.

Cityjet Cuts Service from Manchester Airport

CityJet, an Ireland-based airline, has announced that it is terminating its service from Manchester airport to Antwerp, in Belgium.

The route, which is the only Cityjet service from Manchester Airport in the UK, and the only non-stop service between Manchester and Antwerp, will be terminating on September 17, 2012.

Cityjet has been serving the route six times per week using Fokker 50 aircraft, but the decision has been taken due to viability issues. Currently the company is offering cheap fares on the route, commencing from €59, and inclusive of complimentary in-flight service and baggage fees.

The airline’s service to Antwerp from London City Airport, which currently operates with up to five flights per day, will continue to operate.

In a separate development, Manchester Airport has received another setback as Flybe, a UK-based airline, has also announced that it is to terminate one of its services from the airport.

The airline is to terminate its service from Manchester to Brussels, the Belgian capital, from September 9, 2012.

The airline has released a statement, saying, ‘Flybe carefully reviews the viability of all its 200-plus routes on a regular basis, taking into consideration passenger numbers and external cost pressures,’ said the airline in a statement.

This is done not only to monitor where it can offer increased regularity on any given route, but also where passenger numbers make a route uneconomical.’

A number of airlines are currently serving the Manchester to Brussels route, including Brussels Airlines and Ryanair, which fly into Brussels South Charleroi Airport.

CityJet Introduces Music Channel for In-Flight Entertainment

CityJet, an Ireland-based airline, is offering its own music channel to its passengers, in collaboration with MBM Records.

The OnAir music channel is offering a mix of tracks from modern European and US indie and pop artists, such as Bag Raiders, Jens Lekman, Bon Iver, Future Islands, and Arsenal. Visitors to its website, www.cityjet.com/music, and Facebook page can also listen to the music channel. In addition the airline is offering a new CityJet play list that will be played on all flights while passengers are boarding and disembarking.

The new CityJet music and media page has been designed to provide the airline’s passengers with the latest trends in contemporary music, as well as music and entertainment news, such as album launches, collaborations, and concert and venue information from across the world. The initial play list will include eleven tracks that will be updated frequently to keep its content fresh and current.

Christine Ourmieres, the airline chief executive officer for CityJet, said, ‘We know music is a keen interest for many of our customers and by working with MBM Records to create this unique playlist our OnAir channel is putting our customers in touch with the latest in contemporary indie and pop music.

OnAir is another strand we’ve developed to ensure that we continue to provide a quality, personal service at every touch point with our customers.’

To celebrate the launch of the music channel, the airline is offering a limited number of CDs to passengers who take part in competitions on its social media platforms.