Aer Lingus to operate London City-Dublin route

Aer Lingus will operate London City Airport’s third busiest route from 28th October following leasing deal with CityJet

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28/08/18

Aer Lingus will operate between London City Airport (LCY) and Dublin Airport from this October, bring its award-winning service to one of LCY’s most popular routes, and making travel to North American destinations from London’s most central airport easier than ever before.

It follows an agreement between Aer Lingus and CityJet, announced today, which builds on CityJet’s long-established presence at the airport and further expands Aer Lingus’ London schedule offering.

Commencing 28th October, Aer Lingus will operate six daily round trips from Dublin to London City Airport on weekdays, with a reduced service at the weekend. The schedule is tailored to provide competitive travel options across the day for guests travelling on business or for leisure with prices starting from €49.99.

Guests wishing to access Aer Lingus’ North American destinations via a seamless transfer in Dublin Airport, plus avail of US customs and immigration pre-clearance, will also benefit from greater connectivity offered by Aer Lingus from London City Airport.

The leasing arrangement between the two airlines, known in the aviation industry as an ACMI lease, will see CityJet provide aircraft (namely two Avro RJ85 aircraft), crew, maintenance, and insurance to Aer Lingus for the purpose of operating the Dublin-London City route.

The aircraft in Aer Lingus livery will be configured in single cabin layout, with guests enjoying Aer Lingus’ award-winning 4-Star Sky-Trax service. From today, guests wishing to book a flight on the route should do so via www.aerlingus.com.

London City Airport is conveniently located for tourists and business travellers alike - just six miles from the City of London, three miles from Canary Wharf, and six miles from The Shard, in the heart of dynamic and fast-growing East London. The airport can be accessed by taxi, bus or Underground/DLR.

This expansion will enable Aer Lingus to increase its operations between the two capital cities to up to 50 daily flights. Dublin-London is the busiest international air route in Europe. Aer Lingus previously operated the LCY-DUB route between October 1999 and October 2003.

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer for London City Airport, said:

“The Aer Lingus brand is an Irish icon - trusted and recognised across the globe - and a very welcome addition to London City Airport, returning after 15 years to operate our third busiest route, through a new partnership with CityJet.

“Not only will Aer Lingus provide our Dublin passengers with an excellent service, but thanks to its well-established route network, the airline offers LCY customers the option to fly long-haul to 13 destinations in North America via quick and convenient connections at Dublin Airport. This is the latest development in London City Airport’s new aviation strategy, adding both point-to-point routes and multiple daily flights with leading European airlines to and from major hub airports, enhancing London’s connections to the world for both business people and tourists, thus making the capital’s most central airport an even better option for all. This exciting partnership also gives scope to further build upon our long-standing relationship with CityJet, as their strategy continues to focus on providing capacity for leading airlines.”

Stephen Kavanagh, CEO, Aer Lingus said of the announcement:

“We are delighted to be entering into this agreement with CityJet. Aer Lingus is on an ambitious flight path and working with Pat and his team will allow us add to our extensive services to London Heathrow and London Gatwick. The Dublin to London City route will facilitate further business flows between Dublin and London and the service will provide those wishing to travel seamlessly from the heart of London City to North America with a very attractive connecting proposition, including US customs and immigration pre-clearance.”

Pat Byrne, CEO, CityJet said:

"In recent years we have transitioned CityJet from being an airline serving scheduled markets under its own brand into becoming a provider of capacity to customer airlines throughout Europe. We are delighted to now add Aer Lingus to our growing list of flying partners. CityJet now employs almost 1,300 people and has a fleet of 45 aircraft flying on over 200 routes across Europe from our crew bases in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, London, Paris, Stockholm, Tallinn and Vilnius.

“CityJet was one of the first airlines to launch services to London City Airport in 1994 having recognised the convenience and strategic importance of the airport located on the doorstep of London’s financial district. We would like to sincerely thank our loyal customer base who have flown with us over the years and we look forward to continuing to deliver great service to them and Aer Lingus on the route between Dublin and London City”.

Notes for editors

What guests booked on CityJet need to do

Guests holding bookings on CityJet flights before October 28th will not be impacted.

Guests holding bookings on CityJet flights after October 28th will be contacted by CityJet in the coming days and advised that they can opt to a) get an immediate refund by contacting CityJet before the 5th of September refundwxschedule@cityjet.com or b) fly with Aer Lingus, who will provide their new booking itinerary before 28th September.

Schedule Detail The two aircraft will be operating the following weekday London City schedule:

Departure
Ex-DUB06:4007:3011:1513:1515:3018:00
Ex-LCY08:4509:4513:3015:3017:3020:00

London City Airport is closed due to noise restrictions for some of the weekend, therefore on Saturdays, one morning rotation to London City will be offered (0730 departure from Dublin / 0945 from London City), and on Sundays, the two aircraft will operate five rotations as follows:

Departure
Ex-DUB11:1513:1515:3018:0019:30
Ex-LCY13:3015:3017:3020:0021:30