Ticket sales open on December 1 for twice-daily scheduled flights to Paris from Shoreham
with a brand new airline, Brighton City Airways, prompting the airport to rename to Brighton
First flights will depart on March 6, flying to Paris Pontoise, which is close to central Paris,
allowing passengers to reach the city centre within two hours of parking at Shoreham and
costing from £69 one way, including taxes and charges.
“This is the perfect Christmas present for someone who wants a new and special experience
– flying one-hour to Paris in the spring!” said Neil Laughton, one of the two Sussex-based
aviation experts, who have founded the airline.
“This has long-term benefits for the local community too as there are many businesses in
Sussex who can use this service on a regular basis and holiday makers or Paris day trippers
can also make the most of travelling to and from Shoreham’s charming airport, where
parking is easy and check in to take off takes just minutes.”
Some of the special features of the airline include 15 minute check-in, no hidden fees, VIP
lounge and service, easy local parking and the flight, which is in a 19-seat Let 410 commuter
aircraft, takes one hour to reach Paris. Pontoise Airport is also conveniently close to La
Defense Business District of Paris, which is just 22 miles away.
The airline was welcomed by Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing & Shoreham, who said:
“I am delighted to see cross channel flights returning to Shoreham again. Shoreham
Airport has a lot to offer as a base for short hop trips to the Continent with a large market of
travellers on its doorstep who otherwise have to spend more time travelling to and through
the London airports than in the air. I wish the new operators well and hope this is the start of
big things to come.”
And airport manager Ric Belfield said: “This is absolutely what we want to see at the airport,
scheduled international travel bringing lots of people through our historic airport, which was
the first licensed airfield in Britain. This has prompted us to rename the airport Brighton
(Shoreham) Airport, to link it properly to our neighbouring city.”
Brighton City Airways was conceived by Jonathan Candelon, MD of leading career pilot
school Flying Time Aviation, at Shoreham Airport, and Neil Laughton, entrepreneur, pilot and
adventurer, famous for leading Bear Grylls to the summit of Mt Everest and managing his
Mission Everest world record motorised parachute flight in 2007.
Jonathan and Neil met when Neil approached Flying Time Aviation four years ago, asking
for lessons to help him fly the world’s first ‘road legal flying car’. They became friends,
agreeing that a partnership to introduce a desirable European route from the south coast
would make good business and benefit Sussex.
Neil Laughton, who lives in Small Dole, a few miles from Shoreham, is the Founder and
CEO of the Business Leadership Academy in London, an organisation dedicated to
improving the leadership and management skills of business executives. He also leads New
Horizons, a youth development project for disadvantaged young people in the UK and is a
Non-Executive Director and Business Angel Investor.
He started his career as a Royal Marine commando, then completed a post-graduate
business diploma before founding the design, build and furniture company OPL Group,
which he sold to Balfour Beatty Plc when turnover reached £40m in 2009.
In his spare time he has undertaken many challenging expeditions and has completed the
Explorers Grand Slam - climbing the highest mountain on each continent and skiing to North
and South Poles. In January this year, he led a team of business executives to the South
Pole to commemorate Captain Scott’s achievements exactly 100 years earlier and organised
the first game of cricket on arrival in minus 35 degrees centigrade.
Jonathan Candelon, who also lives in Sussex, is a seasoned career pilot, who grew up in
Venezuela and Haywards Heath. He has built up Flying Time Aviation to become one of the
top career pilot schools in the country.
He now runs a team of quality pilot trainers, with a large fleet of training aircraft and flight
simulators at Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport, as well as training students himself, helping
to qualify dozens of new career pilots every year.
Flights to Paris in the spring can be booked straight away with a £20 deposit and the rest
of payment is only required two weeks before the flight date, with the opportunity to change
names on the tickets then for no charge. Passengers are advised to book early to benefit
from the best prices. To book flights, visit www.brightoncityairways.com and keep up to date
with news on Facebook and twitter at brightonairways.