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CityJet is a regional airline operating a fleet of CRJ900 regional jets on wet lease services across Europe. Established by entrepreneur Pat Byrne in 1993, CityJet pioneered services between Dublin and London City Airport in January 1994 under a franchise agreement with Virgin Atlantic Airways.

CityJet formed a partnership with Air France in 1996, which eventually transferred into Air France ownership in 2000. Much of CityJet services were then operated under the Air France brand. CityJet continued to develop its role as a key airline in the London City market in addition to growing its network connecting European cities to the Air France hub in Paris. During this time, CityJet also acquired VLM, a Belgian airline, which also specialized in London City services. Air France sold CityJet to a German company, Intro Aviation, in 2014.

The airline was subsequently purchased by a business consortium led by its original founder, Pat Byrne, and has embarked on a major programme of expansion and strategic development since. Under its new ownership, CityJet rebranded in 2015 with a refined livery, reflecting its newly-independent spirit and dedication to passenger service and quality.

CityJet continued to undergo significant advancement in the following years and secured a wet lease contract (where it provides crew, aircraft, maintenance and operational services) to operate a fleet of regional jets for SAS Scandinavian Airlines in 2016. As part of this activity CityJet acquired Finnish airline Blue1 in 2015 and Danish carrier, Cimber in 2017.

In recent years, CityJet has refocused its activities to becoming a provider of “wet lease” services to major airlines, whereby it provides service on an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) basis to fly on behalf of its customer airlines. in 2019, CityJet had over 1400 employees with 30 aircraft on wet lease to airlines across Europe, including Aer Lingus, Air France, Brussels Airlines, Hop and SAS flying over 1,500 flights with 100,000 passengers per week for our customer airlines.

Having restructured as a result of the pandemic in 2020, today CityJet employs almost 500 staff and operates a fleet of CRJ900 aircraft under a wet lease contract for SAS, with aircraft and crews are based in Copenhagen, with support services provided from Dublin, Copenhagen and Luton.  We will also commence Stockholm-based operations from March, 2022.

​​​​​​​Across everything we do, our focus on excellence is paramount. We aim to be the best, with the best people to deliver this. We are proud to continue to play our part in European aviation’s expansion and development and commitment to safe flying.


"Across everything we do, the focus on excellence is paramount – we aim to be the best, with the best people to deliver this".


Pat Byrne, Executive Chairman