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Thursday 8 December 2016

CityJet vows to add new Dublin and Cork routes

Pat Byrne, CityJet founder
Pat Byrne, CityJet founder

CityJet is adding at least two new Dublin routes and is planning on expanding its services in Cork over the next two years, according to the company's executive chairman.

Pat Byrne, who is also the company's founder, was speaking as the firm yesterday announced its new Cork to London City airport route that will operate 18 times weekly.

Regarding operations at Dublin Airport, Mr Byrne said they had expansion plans.

"We will be expanding somewhat in Dublin, we would be hoping to add two or three routes over the next two years, two is more likely," Mr Byrne said.

CityJet's flagship Dublin to London City route has seen 40pc growth in the last six months.

The firm employs almost 500 staff, with over 300 based at its headquarters in Swords, Dublin.

Mr Byrne also said that the airline expected to carry as many as 100,000 passengers a year on its new Cork to London City route when it is fully operational.

The company also announced yesterday that it has been awarded a so-called wet lease contract with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) that will see it operate a regional network between Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm from March.

As part of the deal, CityJet has acquired SAS subsidiary Blue1. Although Blue1 only has five aircraft, which are due to be decommissioned at the end of the month, the company's 100 employees will help staff the new SAS routes.

Last month, the airline unveiled a rebranding at Dublin Airport.

CityJet, which is owned by Germany's Intro Aviation, will take delivery of the first of its new leased aircraft next year and have all the new aircraft within 18 months.

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