by Lori Ryan
Posted on: Tuesday, 28 August 2018
Aer Lingus and CityJet today announced details of an agreement which builds on CityJet’s long-established presence at London City Airport and further expands Aer Lingus’ London schedule offering. Commencing 28th October, Aer Lingus will operate six daily round trips from Dublin to London City Airport on weekdays, with a reduced service at the weekend. The schedule is tailored to provide competitive travel options across the day for guests travelling on business or for leisure with prices starting from €49.99.
The leasing arrangement between the two airlines, known in the aviation industry as an ACMI lease, will see CityJet provide aircraft (namely two Avro RJ85 aircraft), crew, maintenance, and insurance to Aer Lingus for the purpose of operating the Dublin-London City route.
The aircraft in Aer Lingus livery will be configured in single cabin layout, with guests enjoying Aer Lingus’ award-winning 4-Star Sky-Trax service. From today, guests wishing to book a flight on the route should do so via aerlingus.com.
London City Airport is conveniently located just 10km east of Central London and 5km from Canary Wharf. The airport can be accessed by taxi, bus or Underground/DLR. Guests wishing to access Aer Lingus’ North American destinations via a seamless transfer in Dublin Airport, plus avail of US customs and immigration pre-clearance, will also benefit from greater connectivity offered by Aer Lingus from London City Airport.
This expansion will enable Aer Lingus to increase its operations between the two capital cities to up to 50 daily flights. Dublin London is the busiest international air route in Europe.
Stephen Kavanagh, CEO, Aer Lingus said of the announcement:
We are delighted to be entering into this agreement with CityJet. Aer Lingus is on an ambitious flight path and working with Pat and his team will allow us add to our extensive services to London Heathrow and London Gatwick. The Dublin to London City route will facilitate further business flows between Dublin and London and the service will provide those wishing to travel seamlessly from the heart of London City to North America with a very attractive connecting proposition, including US customs and immigration pre-clearance
Pat Byrne, CEO, CityJet said:
In recent years we have transitioned CityJet from being an airline serving scheduled markets under its own brand into becoming a provider of capacity to customer airlines throughout Europe. We are delighted to now add Aer Lingus to our growing list of flying partners. CityJet now employs almost 1,300 people and has a fleet of 45 aircraft flying on over 200 routes across Europe from our crew bases in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, London, Paris, Stockholm, Tallinn and Vilnius.
“CityJet was one of the first airlines to launch services to London City Airport in 1994 having recognised the convenience and strategic importance of the airport located on the doorstep of London’s financial district. We would like to sincerely thank our loyal customer base who have flown with us over the years and we look forward to continuing to deliver great service to them and Aer Lingus on the route between Dublin and London City.
Guests holding bookings on CityJet flights before October 28th will not be impacted.
Guests holding bookings on CityJet flights after October 28th will be contacted by CityJet in the coming days and advised that they can opt to a) get an immediate refund by contacting CityJet before the 10th September on firstname.lastname@example.org or b) fly with Aer Lingus, who will provide their new booking itinerary before 1st October.
Aer Lingus welcomes the constructive contribution made by the Irish Airlines Pilots Association (IALPA) in reaching an agreement (subject to ratification by its membership) which facilitates the ACMI deal between Aer Lingus and CityJet.
The two aircraft will be operating the following weekday London City schedule:
London City Airport is closed due to noise restrictions for some of the weekend, therefore on Saturdays, one morning rotation to London City will be offered (0730 departure from Dublin / 0945 from London City), and on Sundays, the two aircraft will operate five rotations as follows:
Aer Lingus is the national airline of Ireland, founded in 1936. In conjunction with its Regional Partner, Stobart Air, it operates a fleet of 65 aircraft on over 100 routes to destinations in the UK and Europe and flies 13 direct routes to North America. The airline carries more than 12 million guests per annum. Aer Lingus is Ireland’s only 4-Star airline, awarded by Skytrax, the international air transport rating organisation. Its mission is to become the leading value carrier operating across the North Atlantic enabled by a profitable and sustainable short-haul network, and supported by a guestfocused brand and a digitally-enabled value proposition. Its home base is Dublin Airport. Aer Lingus is a member of International Airlines Group (IAG), one of the world's largest airline groups. www.aerlingus.com
Based in Dublin, CityJet is one of Europe’s leading regional airlines operating a fleet of 45 aircraft and employing over 1,300 people.
Established by entrepreneur Pat Byrne in 1993, CityJet pioneered services between Dublin and London City Airport, commencing in January 1994. Having been acquired by Air France in 2000, the airline was subsequently purchased in 2015 by a business consortium led by its original founder, Pat Byrne.
Since the acquisition, CityJet has undergone significant change. In late 2015, CityJet secured a major wet lease contract (providing aircraft, crew maintenance and insurance, referred to in the industry as ACMI) to SAS. It has invested in a modern fleet of Bombardier CRJ900 passenger aircraft, and has since purchased Finnish airline Blue1, and Danish carrier Cimber.
CityJet also provides ACMI services for Air France, Brussels Airlines and KLM. CityJet operates from bases in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, London, Paris, Stockholm, Tallinn and Vilnius. www.cityjet.com