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Proposed Brymon 'cityclass' service from London City well developed. (Brymon Airways)

Proposed Brymon 'Cityclass' service from London City well developed London and Plymouth, England--London City Airport, in the unused docklands six miles from the center of the capital's financial district, is now registered with the International Air Transport Association with the designator LCP. Michael Spicer, Britain's Minister for Aviation, declared the runway complete in February and the new facility is due to open for first servies on October 8 this year.

When it does, Charles Stuart, chairman of Brymon Airways, de havilland Dash 7 operator and pioneer of the new facility, sees it as the catalyst for a new type of business travel within europe. He calls it Cityclass, and envisions that terminals will spring up at the major European international airports to bring what he terms "small is beautiful" benefits to all citycenter business travelers.

Brymon has already been represented at a public inquiry into an executive air terminal at Brussels, Belgium, airport.

"What has to be seen clearly is that the unique property of London City Airport is not site-location, but our customers' homogeneity," he said. "Citycalss travelers share broadly the same needs. There are relatively few of them--say 10% as a ratio of total air travel demand--and they are able to pay for the personalized service they want, if it meets what they need.

"Starting with LCP, it opens up an enormous potential opportunity throughout the Common Market, needing only simple replicas of LCP's terminal at Charles de Gaulle, Paris, at Brussels National, at Schiphol, Amsterdam and so on. …

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