City-air is the name of a German airline operating from March 2000 to February 2004 , which was initially based in Büren - Ahden at Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport . The chairman of the board was Ernst Brokbals , most recently the main shareholder was the building contractor Albert Sahle .
The City-air Germany AG went from 1997 at Paderborn / Lippstadt with air cargo flights for the computer company Siemens Nixdorf active DAY Teuto Airways Germany AG produces, which in turn was a spin-off of the helicopter company Teuto air of air transports. On March 10, 2000, TAG Teuto Airways Germany began passenger flights under the new name TAG City Air on the Paderborn / Lippstadt - Berlin-Tempelhof line, which, along with an aircraft of the type "Fairchild Swearingen Metro III" , had been taken over from the airline OLT . From October 2000 City-air operated a second line route with the connection Paderborn / Lippstadt - Dresden - Poznań (Poland). Another route followed on January 22, 2001 with Mönchengladbach - Leipzig / Halle - Dresden, for which a second "Metro III" was put into service.
From late summer 2001, City-air increasingly relocated its activities to Münster / Osnabrück Airport and flew from there to Nuremberg, Dresden, Leipzig / Halle (from August), Copenhagen (from September) and Berlin (from October). During this time, the fleet was expanded to four Metro versions III and 23. This reorientation was accompanied by the entry of the entrepreneur Albert Sahle in autumn 2001, who initially acquired 25.2% and later 100% of the shares in the company. When the company was renamed City-air Germany AG, the company's headquarters were relocated to Greven , near Münster-Osnabrück Airport.
In 2002 City-air took over the Dortmund - Berlin and Paderborn / Lippstadt - Stuttgart connections and a 46-seater ATR 42-500 from the regional airline Eurowings , which had to give up some of its regional routes for antitrust reasons after being partially taken over by Lufthansa . This was used from October 2002 on a new route Cologne / Bonn - Copenhagen. From January 2, 2002, City-air also participated in the Miles & More customer loyalty program.
In 2003 City-air took over three used 33-seat Saab 340 B turboprop aircraft. A total of six machines of this type were to gradually replace the smaller Fairchild SA-227AC Metro . In the course of the year numerous new connections were made and flew for the first time. a. to Salzburg, Linz (from Berlin), Budapest (from Dresden) and Zurich (from Münster / Osnabrück).
On the evening of February 27, 2004 City-air ceased operations. On March 1, 2004, an application for bankruptcy was filed . During March 2004, the insolvency administrator Hubertus Bange initially saw opportunities to resume flight operations on some routes. However, this did not happen. Some of the routes served by City-air at Münster / Osnabrück Airport have been taken over by competitor European Air Express . The newly founded Dauair became active at Dortmund Airport in 2005 and operated some of the earlier city-air routes until it went bankrupt in August 2006.
City-air last employed 85 people. In total, the company operated up to seven turboprop machines. In addition to up to four 19-seat Fairchild SA-227AC Metro and three 34-seat Saab 340 B, the aircraft fleet also included a 46-seat ATR 42-500. In the last full financial year 2003 , 82,000 passengers were carried on ten routes, in 2002 70,000 passengers.
The focus was on domestic German regional air traffic with the destinations Heringsdorf on Usedom , Berlin - Tempelhof , Paderborn / Lippstadt , Dortmund , Cologne / Bonn and Stuttgart . In neighboring countries, Zurich , Salzburg and the SAS hub in Copenhagen were served.