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Plans have this week been announced for a new airline which will fly several times a day between Shoreham Airport, near Brighton and the Pontoise-Cormeilles Aerodrome, just a few miles outside Paris.

The airline plans to send around four flights a day to the French capital which they hope will provide a more convenient service for the many thousands of cross channel commuters in the South of England. The flights are expected to take around two and half hours and will be aboard a 19-seater aircraft. If the venture proves successful and popular, other destinations in Europe may be added to the schedule. Prices are set to be comparable to with other airline charges for UK – France travel. Tickets for the Brighton City Airways flights have gone on sale this week and the inaugural flight is planned for early March 2013.

Though most of us are familiar with the sights of France's capital, from the Eiffel Tower, to the Champs Elysees to name but a few, Brighton too has much to offer our French counterparts looking to escape the bustle of the city for a short break. The city has long been known as a hive of arts and culture as it offered creative types a base near the sea but with easy access to London. Among its famous residents are said to be DJ Fatboy Slim and comedian Steve Coogan.

One of the city's most famous landmarks, the Royal Pavilion offers visitors a glimpse into the nineteenth century lifestyles of the rich and famous. The palace, which is reminiscent of the Taj Mahal with its majestic domes, was built for the Prince Regent in the late 1800s and features an opulent Oriental décor. No visit to Brighton would be complete without a walk along the Brighton Pier. It is packed with all the diversions to be expected of a classic British seaside day out, from fish and chip shops to arcades and fun fair.

Brighton is also a shopper's paradise. The Lanes, near the beach, is the ultimate shopping experience for those who like to discover unique goods and fashions as it is chock-full of independent boutiques and stores, lining tiny interconnecting cobbled lanes. The city has a bustling nightlife with clubs, bars and restaurants of all kinds with walking distance of the beach.

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