Flybe announces more summer routes from Southampton

Flybe, the European regional airline, has expanded its 2016 summer programme from Southampton Airport with the introduction of two new routes to Biarritz and Toulon Hyeres, and the return of flights to Bastia for peak summer.

While Biarritz is known as a surfing capital of Europe, Toulon Hyeres – on the Cote d’Azure – is a popular tourist destination and Bastia, located on the northern tip of the French island of Corsica, is a renowned ferry and cruise ship port.

The new routes from Southampton to Biarritz will be effective for travel from July 3 to September 25, 2016 operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Routes to Bastia will operate on Sundays and will be effective for travel from May 22 to September 18, 2016, while the new Southampton to Toulon Hyeres route will be effective for travel from July 2 to September 12, 2016. The Southampton to Toulon Hyeres route will operate on Saturdays as well as on Mondays/Sundays (July 17 – September 12).

Seats are available for booking at www.flybe.com from £34.99 including taxes and charges. The new summer routes provide an additional boost to Flybe’s existing high frequency schedule from Southampton.

Southampton Airport MD, Dave Lees, said: ‘The summer season is always a fantastic time for us and it is excellent news that Flybe will be offering two brand new routes to Toulon and Biarritz in France for the summer as well as bringing back flights to Bastia and the popular sun routes to Alicante, Malaga, Palma and Faro. Whether people are looking for a city break, stag or hen weekend, family resort or beach holiday, they can reach it all from their local airport.’

The latest expansion comes after Flybe’s announcement last week of the return of its popular sun routes from Southampton to Alicante, Malaga, Palma Mallorca and Faro as well as extra frequency on a number of services, including those on its French regional services.

With the expansion, the Flybe 2016 summer schedule from Southampton now offers a total of 28 routes and offers passengers a choice of up to 329 flights a week to a wide range of holiday destinations.

 

Flybe launches new summer schedule

Flybe, the British low-fares regional airline, has launched its new summer schedule with nearly 300 flights a week from Southampton offering holidaymakers a break to some sought after destinations, according to a report by Daily Echo.

Flybe’s announcement comes after a busy summer last year when over 200,000 passengers passed through the airport’s doors in August – one of the highest passenger turnovers in the recent years and a three per cent increase year-on-year.

As per the announcement, Flybe will operate 27 routes this summer, which includes its popular summer routes as well as new services to Bastia – a ferry and cruise ship port located on the northern tip of the French island of Corsica – and Milan, one of Europe’s most ancient cities.

The airline will operate 299 flights a week with one way fares from £24.99 including taxes and charges. New twice weekly flights will be operated to Bastia on Thursdays and Sundays during peak summer from May until September. Twice weekly flights to Milan operate during those times on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The airline will operate its popular sun routes to Palma, Mallorca, Faro, Malaga and Alicante until October 24. Flights to regional France have been improved with the peak summer travel expected to increase to destinations including Avignon, Bordeaux, Brest and Limoges.

Passengers also benefit on long haul travel under the airport’s arrangement with seven code-share partners via Dublin and Manchester airports. Passengers may benefit from onward connections to Asia, Canada and the US with the airline’s newest codeshare partners Cathay Pacific, Finnair and Aer Lingus. Flights are available for booking either directly from those airlines or through a local travel agent.

 

Flybe cancels Hamburg route due for Sunday launch

UK-based airline Flybe has announced cancellation of the new route from Southampton to Hamburg, which was previously set to launch on Sunday, October 26, the Daily Echo has reported.

Flybe said that the flights between Southampton and Hamburg have been cancelled following a recent review that the route will not be commercially viable in winter. The planned daily service to the German port city, due to take off on Sunday, has been grounded until further notice. The airline is yet to officially announce a new start date for the service, but flights were last night available to book via their website from March 29, the report said.

A spokeswoman for the airline said: ‘As part of a recent review, the route has been deemed commercially unsustainable for the moment and we have taken the decision to suspend our plans to operate flights between Southampton and Hamburg this winter.

‘Passengers who have booked to fly on this route will be contacted and offered an alternative flight or a full refund. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.’

Southampton Airport, which has removed Hamburg from the destinations map on their website, said that the route will be reinstated next summer.

Airport managing director Dave Lees said: ‘The route to Hamburg has been postponed until the start of summer 2015, which aligns more closely with leisure and business travel patterns.’

The new route was welcomed by business leaders as well as general tourists when it was announced in June.

County council leader Roy Perry said: ‘Southampton Airport is a very important facility and we are always pleased to see the development of connections with other European cities. It’s disappointing if this route is to be lost and we would hope that the airport would look at reinstating it.’

Stewart Dunn, chief executive of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said: ‘I understand that it’s merely been delayed but they hope to start it in the spring.’