New era in UK regional air travel - Varsity Express launches scheduled flights
Wednesday 3, March 2010
Varsity Express www.flyvarsity.com will make its commercial debut as a new, full service regional airline operator on 1 March, 2010, offering Monday to Friday flights between London Oxford and Edinburgh Airports.
Services will be operated by 18-seat British Aerospace Jetstream 31 aircraft and promotional fares on every seat go on sale today at £49 one way, including taxes and charges, through to 12 March. Thereafter, lead in fares are available from £49 and flexible fares from £149.
Timetable (Monday to Friday)
LNQ601 Depart Oxford 08:00 Arrive Edinburgh 09:30
LNQ602 Depart Edinburgh 17:00 Arrive Oxford 18:30
Varsity Express is a new name in UK aviation. Its management pledges to deliver fast, affordable air travel and “an end to the frustration of crowded, congested airports, baggage charges and endless additional fees that the big airlines charge.” The company is being run by an experienced management team, and backed by a private consortium of investors in the UK and Spain whose interests centre around property development and the entertainment industry. The airline is well funded with sufficient reserves to launch what will be the first of a number of planned domestic routes over the coming year.
Commercial Director Will Gilligan comments: “We have been looking to start a regular shuttle service on this sought after route for some time. Oxford is the third most visited English city by international visitors (10 million per annum) and Edinburgh is the second most popular destination, after London, in the UK.”
“We have watched with interest the developments and investment at Oxford Airport and believe it is a perfect, untapped market with plenty of potential, offering splendid facilities designed for private jet clients, enabling us to offer our passengers quick check-in times. We anticipate carrying 6,500 passengers in our first year in a mix of 55% business, 45% travelling on leisure. Our business travellers will mostly have interests in the hi-tech industries, research and academia. Our fares should be especially attractive to University teachers and students.”
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