Rep of Ireland season ticket holders to get CityJet discount

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Shane Long, Wes Hoolahan, James McClean

Ireland's Shane Long celebrates scoring against Germany with Wes Hoolahan and James McClean ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

CityJet has become the official airline partner of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) in a deal that could spell savings for travelling football fans.

Not only will the Dublin-based airline be flying the Republic of Ireland squad to the Euro 2016 finals in France this summer, it will be offering the most ardent supporters a discount on their own flights.

People with season tickets for Irish games will get 10% off all CityJet’s flights.

The company currently flies from Cork and Dublin to London City Airport, but routes from Cork to Nantes and La Rochelle will open up in June, to tie in with the competition.

Ireland’s opening Euro clash comes against Sweden on June 13.

Speaking as the ink dried on the deal, CityJet executive chairman Pat Byrne said:

"There is no doubt that the Irish team carries the nation’s hopes in the Euro 16 finals in France and we are absolutely delighted to play our part as Official Airline Partner of the FAI.

"It is a great honour to have the opportunity of flying the Boys in Green to France and to continue as ongoing partner to the FAI.

"CityJet is a pan-European airline with services across the continent, ranging from the Nordic regions down to Italy and a major operation in France, so we look forward to working with the FAI at a time when the world of football focuses on Europe".

John Delaney, chief executive of the FAI, said: "Having an Irish airline with the network offered by CityJet as official partner is very important for the FAI.

"We are really looking forward to working closely with the CityJet team in a year which offers so much excitement and promise for everyone who loves Irish football".