Posted on: 20 December 2013 by Mark Howells
CityJet is to operate routes to Glasgow and Paris Orly from Cardiff, filling the gap left by Flybe.
CityJet will take over the routes on 20 January 2014, ensuring a seamless transition for these vital services from the Welsh capital. The move follows Flybe’s decision to withdraw from these routes from 19 January 2014.
CityJet’s initial schedule from 20 January will deliver a twice-daily weekday service to Glasgow with daily weekend flights. Paris will be served by a daily flight Monday to Friday and on Sundays.
From the start of the summer schedule on 30 March, flights to Edinburgh and Jersey will be added. Edinburgh will be served three times a day Monday to Friday with one flight on Saturdays and two on Sundays. Jersey will be served with five weekly return flights. The summer schedule will also see a third daily flight added to the Glasgow route on Thursdays and Fridays whilst Paris Orly will then be served every day of the week.
By the middle of summer, CityJet will be operating more than 80 flights a week in and out of Cardiff Airport.
Christine Ourmières, CityJet’s chief executive, said, “We're very excited to be launching a dynamic new network from Cardiff, and are thrilled to introduce the CityJet service to Wales. We are confident that our network and schedule to these four new destinations will be a success – both for the Welsh community and for CityJet.
“We’re really pleased to be working with the team at Cardiff Airport as we share a common commitment to provide convenient, hassle-free travel to popular destinations throughout the UK and Europe. Like them, we’re expanding our network and are focused on offering choice for both business and leisure travellers, and providing the service the community wants and needs,” added Ourmières.
Cardiff Airport’s chief executive, Jon Horne, remarked, “This is fantastic news and I’m delighted CityJet has responded so quickly to pick up these vitally important routes from Cardiff Airport. We’re very pleased that there will be continuity in our services to Glasgow and Paris for the tens of thousands of passengers a year for whom these routes are vital. It is always good to welcome a new airline to Cardiff; in CityJet’s case it’s really great, given the scale of the commitment they have made to the airport and to Wales.”