By Caroline Prosser
Flights from Brighton to Paris can now be booked for next year as a new air carrier is launched.
Brighton City Airways will offer flights twice a day, starting in March. Flights will run from Brighton Airport (formerly known as Shoreham) in West Sussex to Paris Pontoise Airport, which lies 17 miles away from Paris city centre.
Boarding the flights is set to be quick and easy with a 15-minute baggage-drop and a luxury waiting area available. Flights are set to cost £69 one way, inclusive of taxes and extras, leaving budget travellers with enough cash to spend on travel insurance.
The relatively small, 19-seater Let 410 commuter planes are also expected to provide an efficient and stress-free onboard service.
Ex-Royal Marine commando Neil Laughton, who set up the carrier together with aviation specialist Jonathan Candelon, who is also from Sussex, said the venture would be a "new and special experience".
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."