Ciro’s Aviation


Operated from Jan 1947 to Jan 1951

Main Base – Gatwick

Founder/Director – Ciro’s Club of London

Ciro’s was a small airline which initially started out as a luxury outfit that offered first class trips to Kenya, stopping off at various famous destinations en-route so that their pampered passengers could take in the sights. Operations were later extended to include normal passenger and freight charters while pleasure trips would also become part of their remit too. While Ciro’s aircraft would depart mostly from Croydon and Gatwick, they would also operate a number of charters from Southend and in its later years, began to operate a small number of freight flights to and from the airport. Otherwise, the airline would go on to provide domestic services for a short time within Austria, the occasional I.T charter and continental/Mediterranean tours, while in the last winter before its demise it would reposition a good number of ship’s crews around Europe. However, by early 1951, the company’s board had decided to wind the airline up and sell their two remaining aircraft.


Ciro’s Aviation fleet from 1947 to 1951

D.H.89 Dragon Rapide

G-AFMA – 6/47 to 1/49

Sold to William Dempster Ltd

G-AKGV – 3/47 to 11/48

Sold to William Dempster Ltd

Douglas C-47 Dakota

G-AIJD – 1/47 to 1/51

Sold to Avensa as YV-C-AVK

G-AJKN – 10/47 to 1/51

Sold to Airwork


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