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Air France, CityJet and VLM to begin London City to Nantes route

26th March 2009 - 12:05 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Air France in co-operation with subsidiaries, CityJet and VLM Airlines, will bring Western France closer to the heart of London with the start of services from London City Airport to Nantes from 27 April. 

Flights from London City depart at 8.25am arriving at 11.10am on weekdays and Saturdays, and 5.45pm arriving 8.30pm on weekdays and Sundays. Return flights from Nantes depart at 7.45am arriving at 8.30am on weekdays and Saturdays, and 5.30pm arriving at 6.15pm on weekdays and Sundays.

Johan Vanneste, managing director of the London City network for CityJet and VLM Airlines, says: “Our award-winning service is well known by travellers using London City Airport and we’re pleased to be offering them greater choice with the start of this new route.”

Christine Ourmieres, general manager UK & Ireland for Air France-KLM, says: “We are delighted to introduce this new service which should prove a valuable link for both business and leisure travellers flying between London and Nantes. Our flights have been deliberately timed to enable travellers to undertake a day’s business in either city.”

The 100-minute flights will be operated by VLM Airlines’ Fokker 50 aircraft, offering a choice of Business and Economy Class services. Economy Class passengers will be served complimentary light meals on board all flights, along with coffee and tea served on real china and a choice of alcoholic beverages. Business Class passengers will benefit from a range of additional benefits including enhanced meals, newspapers, fully flexible tickets and increased baggage allowance.

Passengers using this service can check in at London City Airport just 15 minutes prior to departure (hand luggage only – 20 minutes with hold luggage). The airport is conveniently linked to central London via the Docklands Light Railway, with services to Bank taking just 22 minutes, and to Canary Wharf just 14 minutes.

Passengers travelling on this route will benefit from the advantages offered by Flying Blue, the loyalty programme of Air France–KLM.

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