Published on February 25th, 2015 | by Jim Lee0
CityJet and Stobart Air sign partnership agreement
In our December issue (page 19) we noted that as part of the sale by CityJet’s new owners Intro Aviation, its subsidiary VLM Airlines had been sold to its management team and that services from Antwerp and Rotterdam to London City and from Cardiff to Paris and Edinburgh which were operated under a lease deal with CityJet would continue, despite the change of ownership. It has now emerged that CityJet and Stobart Air have signed a partnership agreement which was announced on 26th November. This will see Stobart operate CityJet’s Cardiff-Edinburgh and Cardiff-Paris Orly routes using ATR 42-300, EI-EHH (c/n 196). The aircraft was ferried Dublin – Cardiff on 30th November after receiving a fresh coat of white paint with CityJet decals. CityJet chief executive Christine Ourmieres said she looks forward to developing the airline’s offering with Stobart Air in the future. Separately VLM announced it will enter the scheduled market on 26th January with a double daily (weekdays only) service between Antwerp and Geneva using a Fokker 50 primarily aimed at the business sector. CityJet has also announced a new codeshare agreement with Jersey-based Blue Islands. The new partnership will launch “early next year” and allow passengers easy access to major European cities on hundreds of connecting codeshare flights every week from London City Airport through the CityJet network. Daily return trips from Jersey to European cities including Amsterdam and Paris will now be possible. Previously Blue Islands offered alternate day direct flights from Jersey to Amsterdam and Paris but these will cease on 5th January. Blue Islands will also end its twice weekly Zurich service, with the Geneva service continuing to operate during the ski seasons but will add an additional lunchtime service to London City. Patrick Lukan, CityJet chief commercial officer said: “I’m delighted to announce this partnership between two like-minded regional carriers, working together in a creative way to provide an inclusive travel experience for all our customers”.