Flybe, one of the leading regional airlines in Europe, has announced its plans to pick up the key Aberdeen to London City route, with twice daily flights starting on Monday, October 27, 2014.
The news comes after British Airways recently announced that it would be withdrawing from the route at the end of the summer season, and amid concerns of the future of a vital service given the rising passenger demand.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron has welcomed the news, saying: ‘I welcome today’s announcement that Flybe will introduce daily flights from Aberdeen to London City later this year – a vital route that helps support the north – south economy.
‘Keeping our cities connected is part of our long-term economic plan to encourage investment and promote growth so we can generate jobs, pay our way in the world, and create stability, security and a brighter future for our country.’
Saad Hammad, Flybe’s Chief Executive, said: ‘We are delighted to step in to continue offering a twice daily service between these two economic powerhouses. Flybe is the recognised European leader in providing frequent, convenient and affordable regional connections.
‘Our announcement is a clear indication of our appetite to maintain momentum with our plans for growth and we look forward to welcoming many new passengers on board in October.’
Aberdeen Airport MD, Carol Benzie added: ‘We are delighted to see this route being back-filled so seamlessly by Flybe. The fact that they plan to launch their service to London City on the day after the previous carrier stops, means that our customers will notice no drop in service and, for that, we are very grateful.’
Flybe has also recently added a brand new route between the Aberdeen and East Midlands airports, and the operation of a daily FlyShuttle service between the Jersey and Aberdeen airports, with stop offs at Leeds Bradford and Southampton, all set to start at the end of October.
Flybe now offers a total of eight routes from Aberdeen as part of its 2014-15 winter schedule, with a choice of up to 276 flights a week.