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WELCOME

W

elcome to the final issue of

Velocity

for

2016 – it’s hard to believe the year went

so quickly!

In years gone by, CityJet was an airline which focused

very much on business travel, with the result that the

number of passengers travelling with us reduced as

the festive season approached. Regular commuters

took the chance to “work from home” over the holiday

period, or strung a few days of annual leave together to

create a longer time off work. Business meetings always

tend to reduce as December progresses, with only the

diehards arranging meetings in the week leading up to

Christmas, so generally we were used to seeing fewer

people on our flights as the month progressed.

Today, we continue to focus on our business

passengers and regular commuters, and indeed will be

rolling out major enhancements to what we have to

offer in the New Year. We have introduced new flexible

tickets already, but can promise more for 2017.

However, CityJet is now an airline which has a wider

appeal to leisure customers as well, as more and more

have recognised the simplicity of London City Airport

as a gateway to and from London. Every month, we

welcome new customers attracted by the convenience

of flying with CityJet, and in December in particular

we will welcome many travelling home for the festive

season, using our services for a break over the holiday

period or, indeed, availing themselves of our baggage

allowances for that dash to the post-Christmas sales

along Oxford Street!

Not least among our special customers to sample

CityJet for the first time in December will be the

children of Temple Street Children’s University

Hospital in Dublin, on our annual Santa flight to the

North Pole, with a visit on board from the man in

red himself, Santa Claus! is is one of those annual

events which everyone here at CityJet looks forward

to. e look of delight on the children’s faces makes it

all worthwhile, and it is a genuine chance for us to give

something back to the community and create a lasting

impression on all involved, be they the children, their

parents and helpers or our staff. I would like to thank

all within CityJet and our suppliers who are involved in

this fantastic event.

Finally, a thought for those working over the

Christmas period. Whilst CityJet does not operate any

flights itself on Christmas Day, we will still be flying

on behalf of our customer airlines in France and the

Nordic region. Not so many years ago, virtually no

airlines operated on 25th December, but the industry

is now truly 24/7/365 as the world continues apace.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your

custom in 2016 and wish you every happiness during

the holiday season.

I look forward to welcoming you on board a CityJet

service in 2017.

PAT BYRNE

Executive Chairman, CityJet

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