Winter ski routes
The 14 Winter Ski routes are:
Winter sun routes
- Chambery from Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Manchester and Southampton
- Geneva from Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Isle of Man, Jersey and Southampton
- Innsbruck from Manchester
- Lyon from Birmingham and Manchester.
The Winter Sun routes are:
- Alicante from Doncaster Sheffield, Exeter, Norwich and Southampton
- Faro from Cardiff and expanded schedule from Exeter
- Malaga from Norwich and Exeter.
There is an improved weekend schedule being introduced on key routes from Exeter with later Sunday returns from Amsterdam, Jersey, Guernsey and Manchester and return of weekend flights to Norwich.
Popular Christmas and New Year flight return
The popular Christmas and New Year flights from Southampton to regional France – Limoges, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Nantes and Rennes return, along with a full winter schedule to Bergerac
Also, back is the Christmas and New Year service between Birmingham – Newquay; and extra seasonal frequency on many routes including Exeter-Glasgow, Belfast City, Dublin and Newcastle.
Roy Kinnear says, “It is great news for our customers that this year we are putting our 2018/19 winter schedule on sale earlier than ever before. It gives plenty of time for decision making but also allows regular winter travellers the chance to make their plans. We have an extensive choice of destinations not only for winter getaways but also for essential business travel with the opportunity to book the lowest possible fares. Flybe’s network makes it easier than ever for our customers to travel from regional airports close to where they live, saving valuable time, effort and money.”
Flybe helps Heathrow attract record passenger numbers
In February 2018, growing Flybe traffic helped London Heathrow rise 2.4% year-on-year to a record 5.4 million passengers. Domestic routes also grew strongly in February, up by 3.6% as Flybe carried 17,000 more passengers. Emerging markets were also an important source of growth, with South Asia up by 12.7% and Latin America up by 6.5%.
Flybe adds third aircraft to Cardiff fleet
At Cardiff Airport, Flybe has increased its fleet from two to three for the start of its summer schedule, following a 130% rise in passenger numbers during 2017.
It currently runs 17 routes from Cardiff to seven countries, including a new twice-weekly service to Venice, Italy, which starts on 27th
Flybe’s chief strategy officer Vincent Hodder says, “Offering an attractive selection of destinations to and from local regional airports is our core business. The success of our growth at Cardiff also reflects our recent brand refresh that features the ‘Close to You’ strapline in our marketing messaging.
“It highlights the leading position and intent we have to continue providing unparalleled air travel to and from the regions. Our increased presence at Cardiff is perfect testament to this.”
Manchester hub anniversary
Flybe operates 17,500 regional flights a year at Manchester where it is the airport’s largest scheduled carrier and has just celebrated its sixth anniversary of its regional hub.
In 2012, the airline committed to improve connectivity, so, it set about adjusting its domestic schedules and reduced minimum connection times to as little as 35 minutes.
For example, a passenger wanting to travel to Aberdeen from Southampton, has a choice of up to four connecting flights a day via Manchester – with a total point to point travel time of just three hours. By rail, this would take 10 hours with three station changes.
International connections via codesharing
Flybe’s Manchester hub has also created additional opportunities for customers via connections operated by codeshare airlines to global destinations operating out of Manchester to locations including Abu Dhabi, Chicago, and Toronto.
Virgin Atlantic recently announced it is increasing its codeshare agreement with Flybe at Manchester. This has opened up all of Virgin Atlantic’s seven Manchester routes to customers travelling from the Scottish city for the first time that are currently Atlanta, Barbados, Boston, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando and San Francisco.
Flybe Chief Executive Officer, Christine Ourmières-Widener, says, “We operate more flights to and from Manchester than any other scheduled carrier and it is our largest base.”
Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, said, “We are delighted to celebrate Flybe’s anniversary here today at Manchester Airport. Flybe offers great domestic destinations here in the UK from Manchester, connecting the North West to Scotland, Northern Ireland and the South West.
“Furthermore, through the airline’s many codeshares with our long-haul carriers, we really are the global gateway in the North for the 22 milllion people who live in our catchment area. We look forward to continuing to grow with Flybe and provide options for all our passengers whether they want to travel from Belfast to Beijing or Southampton to Seattle.”
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