Ospreys Rugby today announced details of a new agreement that sees CityJet confirmed as official airline partner of the region.
The new partnership will see the Ospreys traveling from Cardiff Airport on scheduled CityJet flights to Scotland and Paris this season, as well as taking advantage of charter flights to selected non-scheduled destinations throughout the year - the first of which will see them utilise CityJet for next weekend’s trip to face Munster in Limerick.
As part of the deal, CityJet’s logo will feature on the right leg of the Ospreys shorts this season, making its first appearance when the region hosts Edinburgh at the Liberty Stadium this Sunday.
CityJet started operating at Cardiff Airport in January 2014 and marked the occasion with a match day sponsorship of the PRO12 Welsh derby between the Ospreys and Cardiff Blues at the Liberty Stadium earlier this year. The announcement of this new partnership is seen as a vote of confidence in the Ospreys after the success of that initial venture.
Yarnie Guthrie, Ospreys Commercial Manager, said:
“It gives me enormous pleasure to welcome CityJet into our family of commercial partners. With CityJet operating out of Cardiff Airport to some of our regular European destinations, and with a renowned charter flight division, this is a relationship that makes perfect sense for all concerned. I have no doubt that this partnership can grow from strength to strength over the course of the current season and beyond.
“Cardiff Airport and the Ospreys have enjoyed a successful, long-term relationship since the inception of the region eleven years ago in 2003, and this is a natural progression of that. With a major redevelopment of the airport taking place helping to establish it as one of the most efficient regional facilities in the UK, and CityJet fully on board, the future looks bright for all parties. We urge our fans to support CitytJet when making their travel plans just as CityJet is supporting their region.”
Patrick Lukan, CityJet Chief Commercial Officer, said:
"As major supporters of Rugby, we are delighted to be working with the Ospreys, the leading Welsh rugby region. Flying the team and their supporters to games is a privilege and we look forward to developing this relationship into the future."
Paula Morris, Head of Marketing and Communications at Cardiff Airport added:
“We’re really excited to be partnering with CityJet and the Ospreys this season, it promises to be an exciting year for all parties and the perfect opportunity to further develop our links in the region.”
As one of the largest carriers operating out of London City Airport, CityJet offers over 650 flights a week, over 300 of them from this conveniently-located airport. CityJet operates to multiple destinations in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe from both London City Airport and Cardiff Airport.
The airline operates from Cardiff to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey and Paris - Orly as well as non-stop services from London City to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Avignon, Brest, Brive, Deauville, Dresden, Dublin, Florence, Nantes, Paris-Orly, Rotterdam and Toulon. It also offers direct seasonal flights from Dublin to Brest and Amsterdam to Avignon, Brive and Perpignan.
Pictured above are Morgan Allen and Joe Bearman at the launch of the new partnership at Cardiff Airport with CityJet flight crew and Paula Morris, Head of Marketing and Communications at Cardiff Airport (Right).