CityJet to be First Low Cost Service to Brive
City Jet, an Irish-registered, Air France KLM group airline will launch a 3 flight-a-week route to London City Airport from June 25, 2010, Brive airport executive Jean-Claude Requier has confirmed. The initial schedule provides for a 95-seater AVRO RJ 85 connection on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The first outward-bound flight departs Fridays at 14.35 arriving 17.10, while the last inward bound flight departs London on Sundays at 19.25 arriving 2000. Early bird fares start at 59 euros one-way. The summer flight schedule will be maintained until mid September. If successful the airline expects to increase the number of weekly flights later.
Laurent Petitmangin, an airline spokesman said the initial target market was French second home owners living in the southeast region of the UK. “We expect to be flying at about 70% capacity over the summer,” he said.
The announcement came on the day that ash from the Icelandic Eyjafjallajoekull volcanic eruption caused air traffic chaos across parts of European airspace grounding hundreds of planes and stranding thousands of passengers at airports in the UK, France, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Germany.
Eurocontrol the European air safety body, said up to 4,000 flights around northern Europe were cancelled. The fear was that ash could damage airline engines and cause planes to crash.