With the withdrawal of all air services from Gatwick to Paris, and Eurostar relocating to north Kent from Ashford, SkySouth, a small regional commuter operator, is to introduce a twice daily service between Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport and Paris (Pontoise-Cormeilles) Airport from August.
SkySouth manager Mike Pettit said: ”We are delighted to offer easy access to Paris for people living in southern England. The launch of this service will save commuters from travelling all the way to Heathrow or Southampton, giving them a quicker and much better quality of journey.”
Starting on Wednesday 1 August 2007 flights will depart from Shoreham at 08:00 and 15:30 and from Paris at 10:40 and 18:10 (local time).
All the Paris flights will be operated by a nine-seat Piper Navajo commuter aircraft with leather seats and club class legroom. Also used by Ryanair, Pontoise is just under 30 miles from the Etoille, or about 45 minutes (on a good day, traffic-wise). A dedicated coach link will be offered.
SkySouth, which will celebrate its first anniversary in July this year, provides frequent services to Caen, Le Havre and Le Touquet in northern France. It claims a 30-minute hassle free check-in and free parking within a few yards of the aircraft.