Thursday 26th March, 2009 – 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 27th April.

Flights from London City depart at 08h25 arriving at 11h10 on weekdays and Saturdays, and 17h45 arriving 20h30 on weekday and Sundays. Return flights from Nantes depart at 07h45 arriving at 08h30 on weekdays and Saturdays, and 17h30 arriving at 18h15 on weekdays and Sundays.

Johan Vanneste, CEO 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 aircrafts, 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 13 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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About CityJet, Air France and VLM Airlines

In December 2007, VLM Airlines was acquired by the Air France – KLM Group. VLM Airlines is now combining its operations with CityJet, another member of the Air France – KLM Group, to become the No. 1 choice for business travellers to and from the heart of London.
Their award-winning service is now available on over 700 flights a week between London City Airport and 18 UK and European destinations.
The airlines currently offer flights from London City Airport to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Dublin, Dundee, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Luxembourg, Manchester, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Rotterdam and Strasbourg.

CityJet is a 100% subsidiary of Air France, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. It was awarded the prestigious "Airline of the Year 2008/9" silver award by the European Regions Airline Association.

Air France is part of the AIR FRANCE KLM Group and is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with worldwide services.