Published on August 28th, 2018 | by Alan Dwyer0
Aer Lingus and CityJet join forces on Dublin-London City Route
Aer Lingus and CityJet have 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. Starting from 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 passengers travelling on business or for leisure with prices starting from €49.99. The ACMI leasing arrangement between the two airlines, will see CityJet provide 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. All future bookings on this route should be made via aerlingus.com.
Speaking at the announcement of the new partnership between Cityjet and Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh said “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.”
Also speaking at the launch of the partnership was Pat Byrne, CEO of Cityjet who 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”.
Following on from the announcement of the partnership for Cityjet, this will signal the end of their own booking engine for their own flights. All Cityjet flights will now be operated on behalf of other airlines. This will bring an end to the services that they have operated to London City Airport since the airline was set-up in 1994 when they began a franchise agreement with Virgin Atlantic. Aer Lingus have previously operated the BAe 146, the fore runner to the Avro RJ-85, which will appear in the Aer Lingus livery from October. Aer Lingus operated eleven BAe146 aircraft between April 1995 and June 2006. They operated both the -200 and the larger -300 versions on routes to the UK and Europe under the Aer Lingus Commuter brand. Aer Lingus will now operate services to three London Airports (Heathrow, Gatwick and London City) and will compete directly with British Airways who operated the EMBRAER EMB-190 aircraft several times daily between London City and Dublin.