Stobart Air strikes deal to operate flights for KLM Cityhopper
- ACMI agreement will see Stobart Air provide jet aircraft E195 to operate up to eight flights per day to and from Amsterdam;
- Deal marks fourth airline partner for Stobart Air, joining Aer Lingus, Flybe and British Airways City Flyer;
- Partnership due to commence on 24 February 2019;
- MD Graeme Buchanan: “The addition of our new partner is testament to the success of our business model in providing regional flying capacity to leading international airlines.”
Stobart Air, partner to leading airlines including Aer Lingus, Flybe and British Airways CityFlyer has secured a new partnership with KLM Cityhopper, it was announced today 4 February.
The agreement between the two airlines will see Stobart Air provide an E195 jet on an ACMI contract (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) for the purpose of operating up to eight flights per day from Amsterdam, including Dublin to Amsterdam.
The partnership with one of the world’s oldest and most established airlines, follows Stobart Air’s recent €36 million investment in two Embraer E190 jet aircraft to service routes for BA Cityflyer from London City Airport, and the addition of 40 new jobs.
Headquartered in Dublin, Stobart Air employs over 570 people.
In 2018, Stobart Air’s overall passenger figures increased by 12% on the previous year, with the airline carrying 2,224,037 passengers on over 43,500 flights throughout the year.
The airline reported a significant increase on its Flybe routes from London Southend Airport, with passenger numbers doubling last year to 500,000.
Commenting today, Managing Director of Stobart Air, Graeme Buchanan said:
“Last year was a successful year for Stobart Air. As a result of a strong route network and optimum schedules, coupled with operating key routes to meet the demand of our passengers, the airline continues to perform well. The addition of our new partner is testament to the success of our business model in providing regional flying capacity to leading international airlines.
“With a strong and talented team in our Dublin headquarters and across our operations in Ireland, the UK and Europe, we look forward to continuous growth and development in 2019 and beyond.”