Flying to the heart of London

CityJet, the independent European regional airline, has ambitious plans for the future as it focuses on upgrading routes and aircraft


Renowned for its friendly service and attention to detail, CityJet serves a range of routes into easily accessible airports that deliver business passengers where they want to go, in a convenient, reliable and stress-free way.

Founded in 1993 by Irish businessman Pat Byrne, the airline has certainly returned to its roots in Dublin, but still delivers on its core values of offering an unrivalled service at very competitive prices. Headquartered in Swords, near the Irish capital, the airline employs some 500 people across Europe, mainly in Ireland. Its founder, who previously served as chief executive for seven years, recently returned to take up the post of chairman and is providing hands-on leadership at an exciting time for the airline.

Serving the only airport that is actually in the capital, London City Airport (LCY), this prime route provides the fastest and most efficient business travel to and from the UK’s financial centre

The airline serves an already impressive number of airports –  Amsterdam, Antwerp, Avignon, Brive, Cardiff, Deauville, Dresden, Dublin, Edinburgh, London (LCY), Nantes, Paris (Orly), Florence, Rotterdam and Toulon – with a network of routes which offers fast turnaround and onward journey times.

Serving the only airport that is actually in the capital, London City Airport (LCY), this prime route operates as a centrepiece of the airline’s operations, providing the fastest and most efficient business travel to and from the UK’s financial centre. One of its busiest routes – Dublin to LCY – offers up to nine flights daily.

LCY is probably the most efficient and accessible airport in Europe, and CityJet is at the forefront of utilising all that the airport has to offer travellers. CityJet last year introduced the Sonic Phase 5 Self-Bag System, reducing check-in times in London to under a minute. The system is simple: having checked in online or at the airport kiosk, passengers weigh their bags and use their boarding pass at the Self-Bag Tag kiosk to generate labels for the bags. CityJet passengers are then directed to the designated bag drop zone which allows them to expedite the entire check-in process.

And all this at an airport that was recently voted, in a poll of the UK capital’s top five airports, the most welcoming to overseas visitors. For business travellers, LCY is a destination that is in the shadow of the City of London, providing ease of access to the financial district, but also for weekend and short breaks for those who love the West End and everything else London has to offer.

But it is not just the cities and flight schedule which bring CityJet customers back time and time again. It is the other extras, such as the first checked bag flying free and complimentary inflight beverages, including beer and wine, as well as free snacks, which differentiates the service from most other airlines.

Increasingly, the leisure market is contributing significantly to CityJet’s market share. The airline’s service to Nantes, in the heart of the wine-making Loire Valley, is proving increasingly popular. Likewise, Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, historic Edinburgh, Cardiff and Antwerp, the iconic capital of Flanders, are all places of significant interest and growing popularity.

CityJet’s entrepreneurial reputation rests in the teamwork of its enthusiastic staff, who provide the family-friendly ambience which customers have grown to love and cherish. The airline has ambitious plans for the future, including new routes and changes to its fleet to build on its offering to both business and leisure customers. Its investment programme in the coming years will enhance the range of services and value for money it offers.

Airline chairman Mr Byrne concludes: “We are extremely proud of our staff and the service we offer at CityJet. We value our customers and believe we offer an excellent product, competitive pricing, an unrivalled flight network and airport destinations. We would love to welcome you on board.”

Learn more at www.cityjet.com