Flybe has launched two summer routes to France from Southampton Airport.
The summer flights to Avignon and Toulon took off for the first time during the weekend. The routes will be operated on a 78-seater Bombardier Q400 – the quietest turboprop flying today that also boasts 30 percent lower emissions than similar capacity jet aircraft.
Dave Pflieger, Flybe’s CEO said: ‘We’re excited to be flying from Southampton with the start of flights to Belfast, as well as seasonal flights to Avignon and Toulon in France. Southampton represents Flybe’s commitment towards connecting regions and people with the places that matter most to them. Southampton will be an important airport for Flybe.’
Chris Tibbett, head of airline relations at Southampton Airport, said: ‘It was great to see these French regional routes take to the skies this weekend, giving holidaymakers in Hampshire a hassle free way to reach beautiful southern France, whether for the stunning Mediterranean coastline around Toulon or for the colourful lavender fields of Avignon. With the promise of a crisp glass of Cotes de Provence in the sunshine just a short flight away, we expect flights to be popular this summer.’
‘We are also thrilled to see further daily services introduced to Belfast City that will deliver greater choice and convenience for those looking to travel to Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital.’
The new routes come as flybe introduces daily flights to Belfast City on Thursday. Bookings to all the routes can be made at flybe.com.
Flybe Ltd, one of the UK’s newest airlines, will launch two summer routes to France and daily flights to Belfast from Southampton Airport.
Beginning July 28, Flybe will operate a twice-daily service to Belfast City Airport. The summer flights to Avignon and Toulon will operate once a week from July 23 and 24 respectively.
Flybe CEO, Dave Pflieger, said: ‘We are delighted to now be out for sale and starting service next month. We think our new flights will benefit everyone who wants low fares and more flights to go on holiday and visit loved ones. Our new network will also ensure better regional connectivity inside the UK and between various UK and EU regions.’
Pflieger added: ‘Our goal is to create an airline that people love, and we aim to do that by making air travel on Flybe an easy and enjoyable experience so you will fly with us again in the future. The new Flybe team has worked tirelessly over the past year to create an airline that delivers on price, schedule, and choice.’
Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer of AGS Airports Ltd, which owns and operates Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, said: ‘The re-emergence of Flybe as an airline is welcome news for the industry and our passengers as we continue to rebuild the vital connectivity the regions we serve rely on.
‘We are pleased to see further daily services introduced to Belfast City that will deliver greater choice and convenience for those looking to travel to Northern Ireland’s capital, while weekly flights to Avignon and Toulon should prove popular with travellers heading to France this summer.’