PARIS: Odyssey hints at Toronto-London City route

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Planned UK start-up carrier Odyssey Airlines is looking at launching new routes from London City airport to "restricted" markets such as Billy Bishop Toronto City airport.

Speaking today during the Paris air show, where Odyssey's order for 10 CSeries was formally disclosed by Bombardier, Adam Scott, founder and chief executive of Odyssey, says the aircraft's ability to operate from airports with shorter runways opened opportunities for network growth and would be a key criteria for the airline's future strategy.

The "ability to operate a variety of airport pairs" that "basically allows us to put customers at the centre of everything" were key criteria for any potential new routes and destinations, says Scott, without going into further details. The airline is still to announce its route and launch plans.

"We are still focused on negotiations with airports and we will share our plans when we are ready to do so," adding "I can assure any doubters this will be a game changing aircraft".

Scott would not rule out either the airline adopting an all business product or partnering with Porter Airlines if it began operating to Billy Bishop, saying "I wouldn't rule out working with a partner like Porter."

Odyssey's CSeries order is valued at $628 million.