Stobart Air enters into deal with CityJet

Aer Lingus Regional operator, Stobart Air has added Irish regional airline, CityJet to its growing list of franchise partners.

Stobart — formerly Aer Arann — already operates Aer Lingus’ regional/secondary airport routes between Ireland and Britain and recently added the London-mainland Europe routes for European low-cost operator, FlyBe. Earlier this year, it said it was actively looking to add more franchise partnerships with major European airlines.

Yesterday, Stobart announced that it will take over the operating of CityJet’s Cardiff to Edinburgh and Cardiff to Paris routes.

The move now means that Stobart Air operates services to and from Ireland, Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

“Adding CityJet to our partner portfolio is a further positive development for Stobart Air. Our investment in new aircraft and the professionalism of our operations are resonating with passengers and partners alike,” said Stobart Air chairman, Sean Brogan.

Stobart — via Aer Lingus Regional —was also awarded the tender to operate the Kerry-Dublin and Donegal-Dublin routes, which were due to expire early next year, but which were retained yesterday by Transport Minister, Paschal Donohoe.

“At the heart of our offering is our connectivity with mainline Aer Lingus services, particularly to North America,” said Mr Brogan.

Donegal is a new route for the airline, while Kerry is a renewal of its services. Kerry Airport chairman, Denis Cregan said the continuation of the route is of “vital importance” to the county.


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