Flybe announces new routes – Manchester to Lyon, Southampton to Munich

Flybe, the UK-based budget airline, has re-announced a new year-round service between Manchester and Lyon, with daily flights starting on August 1, 2016.

With a flight time of 1hr and 45 minutes, the new service offers customers from Manchester direct links for the first time to the city of Lyon- a World Heritage Site and renowned cultural centre. One of Europe’s leading centres for the banking, chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries, Lyon is also a key business destination. It also serves as a transit station for onward travel to Switzerland or Italy with Geneva under two hours’ drive away and Turin less than four hours.

Separately, Flybe also confirmed plans for new, year- round daily flights between Southampton and Munich, with a flight time of 2hr and 20m. The service will be effective for travel from June 29 to October 29, 2016.

Tickets for the new services – both Manchester to Lyon, as well as Southampton to Munich – are available for booking at with one way fares starting from £29.99 including taxes and charges.

Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, Vincent Hodder, commented: ‘We are delighted to be expanding our choice of flights from our Manchester hub. Lyon is an appealing option for both business and leisure travellers with frequent daily flights that give customers the flexibility they need when arranging their travel plans.’

Stephen Turner, Commercial Director for Manchester Airport, added: ‘We’re delighted that Flybe is announcing a daily link to Lyon, becoming the only airline to do so from Manchester. A fantastic city in its own right, it also provides a gateway to the French Alps and we’re sure the route will prove hugely popular with the 22 million people in our catchment area.’

On the new Southampton-Munch route, Hodder said: ‘Flybe is committed to providing unrivalled connectivity and affordable, time-saving travel from Southampton. Our new daily service to Munich is conveniently scheduled for time-saving business travel, combining the ability to arrive in time for a working evening dinner followed by a full working day.’

Dave Lees, Southampton Airport’s Managing Director, added: ‘We have a lot of demand for German routes from this region and the new Flybe service provides more choice for travellers going to Munich. This new service is in addition to other new Flybe routes announced for 2016 to Biarritz, Toulon, Lyon and Paris Charles de Gaulle.’

Flybe was recently named ‘Best Short-Haul Airline’ at the 2016 Business Travel Awards and is one of only two UK-based carriers to feature in the top 20 global airlines’ 2016 punctuality league table by OAG, it said.


Bmi Regional Announces Three New Routes to Europe

Bmi Regional, a UK based airline, has launched three new routes from Birmingham Airport in the UK to continental European destinations.

The airline has launched new routes between Birmingham and the three European cities of Gothenburg (Sweden), Lyon (France) and Toulouse (France). The services commence on May 13, 2013, with six flights per week for each route.

Cathal O’Connell, the airline’s chief executive officer, said, ‘The launch of these routes to Gothenburg, Lyon and Toulouse is a continuation of bmi regional’s promise to serve key economic and tourism hubs across Europe.

Launching our first services from Birmingham Airport is an indication of our commitment to UK regions and a significant investment to position the airline for growth.

These new routes are incremental to the four new routes rolled out since bmi regional established itself as an independent airline in 2012 (Bristol to Aberdeen, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Manchester to Antwerp).

bmi regional’s choice of destinations is based on business and leisure customer demand. Toulouse is a significant base for the aerospace business, Gothenburg and Lyon are home to major car manufacturing sites as well as high-tech industries. The three great European cities are great destinations for leisure customers as well, boasting Unesco Heritage Sites, amazing foods and great outdoor activities nearby.

With fares starting from £59 each way, we also expect to see a boost in both inbound visitors to the Birmingham and the Midlands.’

Welcoming the decision, William Pearson, the aviation development director at Birmingham Airport, said, ‘It is fantastic news that bmi regional has chosen to launch these routes as its first services from Birmingham.

These three new routes, operated on an Embraer, are currently un-served from the Airport, meaning passengers have even more choice from their airport to visit these fantastic destinations.’