Flybe, the UK-based European regional airlines, has recently said that it will commence operations from London Heathrow to Scotland.
The new service will offer a choice of more than 40 scheduled flights a week from Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The new routes complement Flybe’s existing London City flights from the two Scottish airports. With the route expansion, effective March 26, 2017, Flybe will offer up to 18 flights a day between London and Edinburgh, and 10 between London and Aberdeen.
Flybe’s Executive Chairman, Simon Laffin, said: ‘We are delighted to announce our first flights to London Heathrow, significantly enhancing our UK domestic route network and offering even better links between Scotland and London. The new routes to Heathrow complement the existing ones we operate to London City, and will benefit our business customers and customers in Scotland who want to connect with our long haul codeshare partners.
‘Flybe is the leading airline serving UK domestic passengers and these new services position us well to serve our passengers in both Scotland and the South East. We have long been lobbying for Heathrow to offer more opportunities for domestic flights to enhance regional connectivity. Whilst other operators may have dismissed the possibility of further domestic routes into Heathrow, we look forward to working with the airport to further expand the range of domestic destinations.’
Heathrow’s Chief Executive, John Holland-Kaye, added: ‘Improving the connections into Heathrow from all around the UK will be vital in helping to secure the economic future of communities in every corner of the nation. Today’s announcement shows that the measures we’re introducing, such as the £10 reduction on domestic passenger charges, are already working to secure vital links.
‘More airlines flying routes to Scottish airports means more flights, more competition and choice for families, and more visitors to Scotland. With Flybe based at Terminal 2, it also means new, unique direct access from Heathrow to markets such as Colombia, Taipei and Auckland – meaning more opportunity for Scottish businesses looking to reach new export markets.’
Flybe will use Heathrow’s Terminal 2 and offer ‘One Stop to the World’ connectivity to its codeshare and interline partners. Flight fares start from £39.99 one way including taxes and charges.