Flybe has launched flights to three new French routes from Birmingham Airport: Nantes, Rennes-Saint-Jacques and Limoges, as part of the airlines expanded summer 2016 flying programme, the Airport said in a release.
The new French routes come after Polish airline Wizzair announced the three new routes of Sofia, Bucharest and Wroclaw from Birmingham.
As per the plan, Flybe will operate five flights per week to the port city of Nantes on the Loire River in western France, until October 29, 2016. Nantes serves as a gateway to the beaches of the Atlantic coast and attractions of the Loire Valley, including Muscadet wine, cycling and river tourism.
Rennes, the capital city of Brittany with over a 2,000 year history, offers tourists a base to discover Brittany, including the Forest of Broceliande – the mythical home of Merlin, King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake. Flights to Rennes-Saint-Jacques will operate four times a week until September 25, 2016.
Limoges and the Limousin region in west-central France are a popular spot for fishing, horse-riding, golf and mountain biking, due to attractive and diverse scenery. Flights to Limoges will operate twice a week until October 29, 2016.
William Pearson, Aviation Development Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are confident that these new French routes will be extremely popular with our business and leisure passengers over the summer months. Regional France was relatively unserved from Birmingham until these flights started and so we think there will be high demand for seats.
‘Flybe is a very popular carrier here at Birmingham Airport, serving 30 destinations and offering passengers great service and fantastic value.’
Paul Willoughby, Flybe’s General Manager UK South, said: ‘Time saving, affordable and punctual travel to a wide choice of attractive destinations is what we will be delivering to our customers this summer.
Our French regional routes open up a multitude of holiday destinations which are often overlooked by British travellers, due to their relative inaccessibility. We look forward to welcoming all of our passengers from Birmingham on board this summer.’
The new summer routes are a boost to Flybe’s existing high frequency schedule from Birmingham Airport. Seats are on sale from £32.99 one-way including taxes and charges, the Airport said.