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Brymon Airways: a CITYCLASS competitor. (includes related article on London City Airport)

The STOL-capable carrier has expanded into Bristol and plans to open routes to other points in Europe.

Plymouth, England-It may be difficult for some to tell just when Brymon Airways became a bona fide regional airline.

Was it from inception on June 15, 1972, when Brymon Aviation, as it was called then, launched service from the now-named Newquay Civil Airport in southwest England with a 9-seat Britten-Norman BNA2A Islander to the isles of Scilly, some 30 min. away by air? Perhaps the story began a few years later, when the airline began scheduled service to the west country of England using STOL-capable Twin Otters. Or did the beginning actually occur on Oct. 14, 1987, when Brymon made the first ever landing with a Boeing/de Havilland Dash 7 at London City Airport, a short takeoff and landing (STOL) facility built on land between the Royal Albert Dock and King George V Dock near London?

Profitable after 16 years

Whenever the beginning occurred, Brymon has battled back from near financial ruin in the early years to profitability after 16 years in the airline business. in fact, Brymon is one of the few profitable regional airlines operating today in the U.K.

Brymon reported revenues of [Br pound]20.2 million ($39.9 million) and a profit of 21 49,000 ($295,000) during its fiscal year ended March 31. For FY 1989, it reported 216.5 million ($32.6 million) in revenues and a [Br pound]475,000 ($940,000) loss. Brymon also reported losses of [Br pound]693,000 ($1.37 million) and C81,000 ($160,000) for fiscal years 1988 and 1985, respectively. But for 1987 and 1986, the airline reported profits of [Br pound]311,000 ($616,000) and [Br pound]717,000 ($1.4 million), respectively.

Brymon's success today can be tied a number of factors, including growth at Plymouth City Airport, its home and engineering base, and the London City Airport, for which Brymon was the lead airline when it opened. The airline was instrumental in seeing improvements made to Plymouth Airport, including a new 1,190-m runway, a relaid 752-m runway, dual-ILS systems, a new control tower and fire/rescue station, renovated and enlarged aircraft ramp, new administrative office buildings and parking areas, and a new fuel farm. Today it is one of the best-equipped small regional airports in the country. …

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