Regrettably, CityJet has informed Ireland West Airport Knock that, due to increased fuel costs and logistical issues, it will not be in a position to operate the PSO route from Ireland West Knock to Dublin under its own brand. This route was awarded to the airline following the Irish Department of Transport’s tendering process earlier this year. We understand that the airline is co-operating fully with the Department of Transport to find a solution to this matter over the coming days. CityJet have provided the Airport with an explanation regarding its decision which is provided below.
Ireland West Airport Knock regrets, and is disappointed with, CityJet’s decision, however we can fully appreciate the issues which have contributed to the difficult decision which it has had to make. Immediately on being informed of this decision, our Airport has provided as much assistance and support as possible to the airline and to the Department of Transport who are responsible for awarding this tender. We are maintaining a close watching brief on the matter including seeking guidance from the Department of Transport as to the next steps in this process.
We will endeavour to provide our passengers with as much up-to-date information as possible with respect to when flight booking services might be available with the airline which may now operate the route and we advise passengers to visit our website www.irelandwestairport.com
for the latest information. Aer Arann will be operating flight services on this route up until July 21st
Mr. Geoffrey O’Byrne White, Chief Executive CityJet said that: "As a result, and despite our sustained best efforts and the consistent and valued support of Ireland West Airport management, CityJet, our airline could not justify commencing the route as the market could not sustain the costs of allocating one of its AVRO RJ jets for the service.
“We bid to provide services from a number of Irish regional airports including Ireland West Knock and Donegal. This bid was based on the fact that CityJet had recently acquired the Belgian airline VLM, subject to regulatory approval by the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT). Access to the VLM aircraft would give us a much wider turboprop fleet for development of these types of routes,” he explained.
“We were awarded the contract for Ireland West Knock only, which limits the market at a time when costs are increasing, and critically, we are still awaiting regulatory approval for our takeover of VLM from the Office of Fair Trade (OFT). We are confident of a positive outcome, but the process is taking longer than we expected. This means that we cannot yet finalise the integration plans with VLM, and we cannot commit a VLM aircraft outside our core network at this point. As a result, and despite our sustained best efforts, CityJet, having reviewed the position, regrets that we are unable to proceed with the Ireland West Knock-Dublin service," he said.
For further information passengers are advised to contact:
Department of Transport, Airports Division
Tel.: 01 6041594
E-mail: [email protected]