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Team-mate speaks of shock at Shoreham deaths

Tony Burnett played with Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt Credit: ITV Meridian

The footballing community in Sussex is in shock at the loss of two of their players in the Shoreham Airshow crash.

Worthing United footballers Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, who were both 23, were among at least 11 people who were killed when a plane crashed into the A27 on Saturday.

Team-mate Tony Burnett had known Matthew Grimstone for five years, playing alongside him with Mile Oak FC. He also played with Jacob Schilt and Matthew on Sundays at AFC Shoreham.

Mr Burnett said their team-mates are all in shock.

Flooded airport to re-open

The Environment Agency says it's made a temporary repair to flood defences at Shoreham Airport, which are holding. The airport is expected to re-open today. But many businesses have been affected and it will take some time for the area to get back to normal.

The Airport management have been working closely with the Adur and Worthing and Brighton and Hove Councils and other major stakeholders in Shoreham including Shoreham Port, Ricardo’s and Northbrook College to secure the funding for new Tidal Walls for the River Adur through the Brighton City Deals initiative."

– Ric Belfield, General Manager, Brighton Shoreham Airport


From Paris with love - exclusive web report on new flights

After a few teething problems yesterday it was a better day for the South's newest airline - which has just started running flights from Sussex to Paris.

The Brighton City Airways service from the renamed Brighton Shoreham Airport flies to Paris Pointoise - 17 miles from the French capital - in one hour.

Charlotte Wilkins was one of the first on board and sends us this exclusive web postcard, speaking to Tony Realff of Brighton City Airways.

Pictures from Paris as new flights take off

The Eiffel Tower dominates Credit: Charlotte Wilkins

It's been a short trip to the French capital for our reporter Charlotte Wilkins after she boarded the first of Brighton Shoreham Airport's regular flights to Paris.

It was delayed for two hours due to a technical fault. However, that hasn't stopped Charlotte from seeing the sights...

Onboard the new flights. Credit: Charlotte Wilkins
The Arc de triumph Credit: Charlotte Wilkins

PICTURE: First Paris flight from Shoreham delayed

Shoreham's first flight to paris, just waiting to fly off Credit: Charlotte Wilkins

Daily flights from the renamed Brighton Shoreham Airport to Paris have begun.

The airline Brighton City Airways says the journeys should take just one hour but this morning's maiden flight was disrupted because of a technical fault on the 19 seater aircraft. A plane had to be flown in from elsewhere meaning a two hour delay.


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New destinations for our airports

Two regional airports in the south are starting new services this week.

Today Minoan Air start flying to Edinburgh and Dublin from Oxford. This is one of a number of airlines who have tried to launch new routes in recent years.

On Wednesday services start from Shoreham to Paris.

The move comes as some established airlines are cutting services. Ryanair has announced up to 1,000 job losses at Stansted in Essex.

All aboard the Shoreham flight to Paris

Shoreham Airport in Sussex - currently home to light aircraft only - declared itself ready for major expansion today with plans to start daily flights to Paris next year.

Explorer and aviation enthusiast Neil Laughton is launching Brighton City Airways. He plans four flights a day to Pontoise-Cormeille aerodrome, 16 miles north-west of the French capital.

And if the airline succeeds, there may be flights from Shoreham to other European cities. Derek Johnson has the story and speaks to Neil and Jonathon Candelon of Brighton City Airways.

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