Southampton Airport announces two southern France services with flybe

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.

New Flybe to operate three routes from Southampton Airport for summer

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.’

Eastern Airways announces second new route from Cornwall Airport Newquay

Eastern Airways has said that it will be operating a second new route from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Leeds-Bradford from July.

The route will commence on July 9, 2020 and will operate daily, Monday to Friday. An additional Sunday service is due will be added from late July. The UK-regional airline had last Friday announced a three times weekly operation to Teesside International Airport. Flights are bookable now at www.easternairways.com.

Pete Downes, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay, commented, ‘This announcement by Eastern Airways of a second new route to Cornwall Airport Newquay is fantastic news. It demonstrates a real vote of confidence in our region, and of the potential for domestic air travel to begin its recovery. With flights every weekday, the schedule will cater well for both business and leisure passengers.

Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ General Manager Commercial & Operations, said: ‘As a UK regional airline, our business is to connect the various business and tourism sectors which are vital to the economic recovery of the UK. We’re extremely pleased to serve Newquay re-establishing a link from Leeds Bradford as a time when UK travel begins to return for the summer peak. Our service will save valuable travel time connecting the Cornish coast with Yorkshire.’

The Cornwall – Yorkshire route has been a popular connection for several years and the reinstatement of the route will be particularly welcomed by many after the loss of the Flybe service when the company collapsed in March. Flights will take just over an hour, saving a road journey time of almost 7-hours, the airport said.

Loganair to replace former Flybe route from Isle of Man to Liverpool

Loganair will commence the scheduled services between Isle of Man and Liverpool John Lennon Airport from Thursday March 12, replacing the missing flights following the collapse of Flybe.

The twice daily service will initially operate using a Saab 340 turboprop aircraft. Last week Loganair announced that it would be taking over 16 other former Flybe routes using aircraft based in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Newcastle.

Jonathan Hinkles Loganair CEO said, ‘We understand how important this link is to the Isle of Man, and we have worked with the Isle of Man Government to provide this initial interim service. We fully expect to announce an expansion of our services in the coming weeks.’

‘We are interested in principle in providing a further range of services to and from the Isle of Man, including operating the Liverpool route on a permanent basis and are in advanced talks about restoring the Manchester and Birmingham routes, also lost in the collapse of Flybe.’

The Isle of Man’s Infrastructure Minister, Ray Harmer MHK, said: ‘I am really pleased that we have been able to restore scheduled flights on this route so quickly. I am sure this will be welcomed by Isle of Man patients who need to get their health appointments in the United Kingdom and by the many Island residents who wish to travel to Liverpool for business or pleasure. We already benefit from Loganair services to Scotland and very much hope that more routes will follow in the near future.’

Scotland-based Loganair is today one of the UK’s leading regional airlines. Loganair already operates services from the Isle of Man to Edinburgh and to London City on behalf of BA CityFlyer.

Birmingham Airport to replace Flybe routes to Guernsey, Aberdeen

Birmingham Airport has announced the launch of Guernsey airline, Aurigny, which will replace the Guernsey route after Flybe collapsed.

The Birmingham-Guernsey service is on sale with Aurigny via www.aurigny.com. The first new service to Birmingham will operate on Wednesday, March 11, operating daily in the late morning – initially excluding Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Nick Barton, CEO at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are pleased to announce the continued service to the popular destination of Guernsey, with Aurigny following the loss of the service offered by flybe from Birmingham.

‘We hope to see our regular travellers taking advantage of this new airline at Birmingham and look forward to building on our relationship with Aurigny over the coming years.’

Mark Darby, Chief Executive said, ‘We believe that maintaining Guernsey’s connectivity is key and with the collapse of flybe it is an unmissable opportunity for Aurigny to provide a valuable customer service while at the same time increasing our operation and improving our financial position.

‘Given that we are able to do this with no increase in fixed costs and with aircraft, crew and a user-friendly booking system immediately available to us we hope that this will alleviate some travel concerns.’

Earlier, responding to the collapse of Flybe, Loganair announced it will introduce three daily services from Birmingham to Aberdeen, along with a daily service to Inverness from March 16, 2020. Additionally, Eastern Airways will offer an Aberdeen to Birmingham service formerly operated by Flybe. Flights will all commence this week with the schedule released for sale in due course.

Flybe introduces Sunday flight to Newcastle and Aberdeen from Cardiff

Flybe is set to introduce Sunday services between Newcastle – Cardiff and Aberdeen – Cardiff operated by its franchise partner, Eastern Airways, to complement the weekday flights already operated.

The additional services will commence on January 12, 2020. Fares start from GBP99 one way, including taxes and charges and Sunday services are available now to book at flybe.com.

The news follows Flybe’s recent announcement that it will operate flights to London Southend from Newcastle Airport for summer 2020 and increase services on its Newcastle – Southampton route.

Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ General Manager Commercial and Operations, said: ‘By adding Sunday services, these flights will not only appeal to business travellers heading to Newcastle or Aberdeen in advance of Monday, but also leisure passengers taking advantage of short breaks or sporting events in both vibrant regions. These additional services also complement our Cardiff – Anglesey service and Flybe’s Cardiff network.’

Deb Bowen Rees, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, added: ‘This is a great addition to the network operated by the Flybe and Eastern Airways franchise partnership. Connectivity within the UK is key, and it’s fantastic to see even more choice being added for our customers, so they can enjoy weekend travel and explore fantastic destinations on their doorstep.’

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development for Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘It is great to see further investment from Flybe as they enhance their Cardiff schedule, giving flexibility for our passengers and extra choice around the weekend.’

Passengers on board Eastern Airways operated flights are offered a full range of complimentary drinks and snacks. Regular customers can also benefit from discounted route passes offering savings of up to 40 percent.

Eastern Airways has been providing scheduled services from Cardiff Airport since 2006, and also operates twice daily weekday flights from Cardiff to Anglesey.

Flybe announces 2019-20 winter schedule from Cardiff, adds more flights to Paris, Dublin and Edinburgh

Flybe, the UK-based regional airline, has released its 2019-20 Winter schedule from Cardiff Airport, featuring eight key routes with a choice of up to 120 flights a week, with extra services to some of its most popular destinations.

Flybe’s 2019-20 Winter schedule from Cardiff Airport includes increased flights between Cardiff and Dublin, with up to 38 flights a week; Edinburgh – with up to 36 flights a week; and Paris Charles de Gaulle – with up to 16 flights a week.

The airline’s 2019-20 Winter schedule from Cardiff also includes daily service to Belfast City, three services a week to Cork on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; three services a week to Jersey on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The schedule further includes seasonal ski routes to Geneva and Chambery, both operating on Saturdays starting December 14, 2019. The Chambery service will be on sale, beginning June 2019.

Seats are available for booking at www.flybe.com, effective for travel between October 27, 2019 and March 28, 2020.

Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, says: ‘Our 2019/20 Winter schedule has been planned to provide reliable and affordable travel for both business and leisure customers. Our regional network offers lots of opportunity for making onward connections with our codeshare partners and others at key hub airports. This makes it easy for our customers to travel to and from Cardiff from an airport close to where they live, saving valuable time, effort and money.’

CEO of Cardiff Airport, Deb Barber, added: ‘We have been working very closely with Flybe since the airline announced its plan to restructure and reduce its jet operations across several of its bases.’

‘The release of the Cardiff schedule for the 2019/20 Winter season is a positive reflection of the airline’s commitment to Wales, offering choice and providing good connectivity within the UK, Ireland and France.

‘Core routes to Dublin, Edinburgh, Belfast and Paris will continue to operate as will regular flights to Cork, Jersey and ski flights to Geneva and Chambery*. These services are fundamental to ensuring travellers can travel into and out of Cardiff as a gateway to the region, whether it is for business, leisure or education.’

Flybe franchise partner, Eastern Airways, will continue to operate regular flights to Anglesey, Newcastle and Aberdeen as part of its 2019-20 Winter schedule. These services are also bookable now on Flybe’s website.

Flybe commences new flight service from Heathrow to Cornwall

Flybe has commenced a new route connecting Heathrow and Cornwall Airport Newquay.

The new year-round service will operate four flights a day, seven days a week. The service will be operated from Heathrow Terminal 2: The Queens Terminal, using a 78-seat Q400 aircraft.

Commenting on the start of this new service, Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling said: ‘The new route from Cornwall to our national hub airport offers significant opportunities for local businesses and people and will help boost tourism across the South West. It’s great to see this new route launched with help from the government, as we work to build a better connected UK.’

Ross Baker, Chief Commercial Officer at Heathrow said: ‘This route highlights our commitment to domestic connectivity and it is fantastic to welcome this regular service between Newquay and Heathrow. Joining our regions to the UK’s only hub airport marks a fantastic opportunity for many including exporters from Cornwall now connecting to global markets and inward investors, tourists and students from all over the world. Now they can all experience the wonders the region has to offer in a much easier and convenient way.’

With the new service, Flybe will operate 10 routes in total from Cornwall Airport Newquay.

Flybe CEO, Christine Ourmieres-Widener added: ‘We are delighted to celebrate with our partners the start of our new Heathrow service from Newquay. There has been an overwhelmingly positive response from customers since we announced the route. It offers multiple choices for onward connections to and from the rest of the world from the UK’s busiest airport – and also on to our own routes there to and from Aberdeen and Edinburgh, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.’

Cornwall Airport Newquay’s Managing Director, Al Titterington, said: ‘It’s fantastic that all our hard work to make sure that Cornwall Airport Newquay has direct access to Europe’s busiest hub has finally come to fruition. The worldwide connectivity that this brings opens up a world of opportunity for Cornwall.

‘Now we have direct flights to Heathrow, we will see the strength of Newquay and Cornwall’s brand abroad grow even further, helping to attract more valuable international tourism to our beautiful county.’

Blue Islands announces 5,000 extra seats at Bristol for summer

Blue Islands, a Flybe franchise partner, is offering 5,000 additional seats on its Bristol services this summer.

The airline will operate a further 76 flights between the Channel Islands and Bristol. Accordingly, in addition to the 14.40 departure (15.55 Saturdays and 14.15 Sundays), the Jersey – Bristol service will see extra flights at 11.15 on Mondays and Fridays with the additional Sunday flight departing slightly earlier at 11.00. All Blue Islands operated flights can be booked at flybe.com

Rob Veron, CEO Blue Islands said, ‘With additional flights on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays throughout the summer, there’s now even more seats and a choice of convenient flight times on the Bristol service operated by Blue Islands, perfect for weekend travels.’

‘For added connectivity, our services are timed to also enable Guernsey residents to fly on Blue Islands operated services via Jersey to Bristol. What’s more, the extra flights also provide added choice for visitors wishing to fly to the Channel Islands to discover the beautiful islands of Guernsey and Jersey this summer,’ Veron added.

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said, ‘We are delighted that an additional 5,000 seats will be available to passengers wishing to fly this summer. The extra capacity offers a greater choice and flexibility of flights whether passengers are using Bristol Airport as a gateway to the region or selecting to fly to Jersey and using the service to connect between the Channel Islands.’

On arrival at Bristol Airport, the ‘Airport Flyer’ bus service operating every 10 minutes offers connection to the city centre, while the ‘Air Decker’ bus service will connect travellers with the spa city of Bath in about one hour, the airport said.

Flybe announces expansion to 2019 summer schedule from Cardiff

Flybe, the UK-based European regional airline, has said that it has expanded its 2019 Summer schedule from Cardiff Airport with the continuation of its three times a day service to Dublin, increasing flights to three in each direction on Fridays, effective from April 5, 2019.

The move will offer customers with a choice of up to 15 flights a week to the Irish capital. The extra flight will provide additional capacity on the busy route, and also offers more flexibility to business and leisure travellers looking for an earlier flight home for the week-end, or a later departure if heading off for a more leisurely city break.

The service will also provide enhanced opportunities for sports groups and those passengers connecting on to Flybe’s Aer Lingus codeshare services out of Dublin to Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Los Angeles, New York (JFK and Newark Liberty), Orlando, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington – and pre-clear US customs/immigration whilst in transit in Dublin.

With the expansion, the airline’s 2019 summer schedule features 15 routes in total offering a choice of up to 78 flights a week. The other highlights of Flybe’s 2019 Summer schedule from Cardiff include up to two flights a day to Paris Charles de Gaulle, multi frequency flights to Belfast City and up to three flights a day to Edinburgh from Monday to Friday, flights to key European destinations including Munich, Rome and Verona and an extension of Chambery and Geneva ski routes through to mid-April. In addition, Flybe franchise partner Eastern Airways will operate flights to Anglesey and Newcastle. The flights are all available for booking at www.flybe.com.

Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer commented: ‘Our 2019 Summer programme from Cardiff Airport offers a comprehensive range of travel options and we look forward to welcoming more passengers on board our additional Friday flights to and from Dublin.’