While final landing slots, flight frequency, and ticket prices have yet to be confirmed, the Irish Examiner has learned that a deal on the new route has been done, with a formal announcement expected next week.
Cork Airport declined to comment last night, saying only that they are “building towards positive growth for 2016”.
There are hopes CityJet, which will target mainly business passengers and which flies from Dublin from €35 one way, could operate up to three flights a day from Cork direct to the heart of London’s financial district.
The news was described last night as a major boost for Cork Airport and for businesses in the region.
“London City Airport is right in the financial heartland of London and this service will be a real boost for the business traveller,” Cllr Tom O’Driscoll said.
“It is a great boost for Cork in terms of business connectivity and it’s great to see more competition on our London routes.”
Cork’s other London routes are operated by Aer Lingus to Heathrow, and by Ryanair, which operates three flights a day to Stanstead and one daily flight to Gatwick.
Jet Magic operated a Cork to London City Airport service for several months in 2003 before the airline collapsed.
The expected CityJet announcement comes just weeks after Cork Airport was dealt a double blow by CSA Czech Airlines’s decision to axe its Cork-Prague and Cork-Ibiza routes before the first flights even took off.
The airline said the routes would not go ahead because they would not have been economically viable, with passenger volumes and advanced bookings for both routes not matching the company’s expectations.
Despite this blow, the CityJet announcement is expected to be the first of several new route announcements over the coming months, with the airport predicting a return to passenger growth by November.