18 MARCH 2013
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Brighton City Airways, a virtual airline in that it does not hold an air transport licence itself, but flies under the banner of a fully approved operator, last week launched a twice daily (single flights at the weekends) between Brighton Shoreham Airport and Paris Pontoise (See BTN 10 December). The 19-seat LET 410 turboprop used on the service is supplied and flight deck crewed by Van Air Europe, an established Brno (Czech Republic) operator.
With Paris not served from nearby Gatwick the airline is marketing itself as the way to the French capital from Sussex, without the hassle of the big airports.
Brighton City Airways was conceived by Jonathan Candelon, MD of leading career pilot school Flying Time Aviation, based at Brighton Shoreham Airport, and Neil Laughton, entrepreneur, pilot and adventurer, famous for leading Bear Grylls to the summit of Mt. Everest and managing his Mission Everest world record motorised parachute flight in 2007.
Said Jonathan Candelon: “Neil and I are excited to bring this new service to the Brighton area. We are not only making it easy and affordable for passengers to enjoy Paris for day trips, weekends and short or long breaks, but we are also bringing French visitors over to discover the South of England and its attractions”. www.brightoncityairways.com
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