Stobart Air strikes deal to operate flights for KLM Cityhopper

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Stobart Air – partner to leading airlines including Aer Lingus, Flybe and British Airways CityFlyer – has secured a new partnership with KLM Cityhopper.

The agreement between the two airlines will see Stobart Air provide an Embraer 195 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 follows Stobart Air’s recent €36 million investment in two E190 jet aircraft to service routes for BA Cityflyer from London City Airport, and the addition of 40 new jobs.

In 2018, Stobart Air’s overall passenger figures increased by 12 per cent on the previous year, with the airline carrying 2.2 million 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.

Stobart Air managing director, 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.”