13 AUGUST 2012

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Article from BTNews 13 AUGUST 2012

CityJet problems

There are now big question marks over the future of Air France owned CityJet, Dublin-based but effectively centred at London City Airport.  This follows remarks by AF Chairman Jean-Cyril Spinetta that the loss making airline could be for sale.

CityJet is the second largest operator at the airport with about one-third of its three million passenger throughput.  IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh has stated that British Airways has no interest in purchasing the carrier.

CityJet dates back to 1992, but its present operation was created in 2007 with the takeover of Dutch airline VLM, which still technically exists with its own AOC.  It currently operates an ageing 29-strong fleet of Avro and Fokker F50 turboprop aircraft to some 19 destinations although this will be reduced for the winter season.

Chief Executive of CityJet is Christine Ourmières, once Air France General Manager UK and previously VP for Air France and KLM in the United States where she still lives.  Air France is the only airline to have been continuously operating at London City Airport since its inception nearly 25 years ago. www.cityjet.com

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