Flybe announces winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield

European regional airline Flybe has started operating its 2017-18 winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield, featuring six routes with a choice of up to 21 departures a week.

As part of its 2017-18 winter offering, Flybe will operate five flights to Paris each week, thrice a week to Dublin, twice a week to Alicante, Berlin Tegel and Jersey and daily service to Amsterdam. Seats are available for booking now at www.flybe.com for travel effective until March 24, 2018. The airline has recently renewed its Cafe Flybe menu, with brand new food and drink options available for passengers to buy onboard.

The UK-based airline will operate flights from Doncaster Sheffield to Paris Charles de Gaulle on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; to Dublin on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays; to Alicante on Tuesdays and Saturdays; to Berlin Tegel on Mondays and Fridays; to Jersey on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and a daily service to Amsterdam.

Ronnie Matheson, Flybe’s Interim Chief Commercial Officer commented: ‘Our 2017/18 Winter schedule provides reliable and affordable services for business travel as well a choice of leisure destinations for those looking to take advantage of a winter break.’

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director at DSA added: ‘The 2017/18 Flybe Winter schedule offers both convenient and inexpensive options for all types of winter travellers. As always, we are pleased to provide our passengers with impeccable personable service at DSA as well as a range of flight options with Flybe.’

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) was recently named the best small airport in UK by Which? consumer magazine. Small airports are rated as those airports with fewer than 10 million passengers.

The airport scored 87 percent overall beating all airports in the North and Midlands by as much as 20 percent. DSA scores highly in areas such as queues at security, passport control, baggage drop, seating and toilets, the airport said.

Flybe to operate only direct service to Hamburg from Birmingham

The UK-based European regional airline Flybe has said that it has added a new year-round route to Hamburg from Birmingham.

The new Flybe services are available for travel starting July 10, and offer a choice of up to four flights a week, with additional frequency being added for the 2017 winter programme. The airline will be the only direct operator on the route, with one way fares from £34.99 including taxes and charges. Flights are available for booking at www.flybe.com.

Often referred to as the ‘gateway to the world,’ Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and is a key business and commercial destination. The new service is also expected to be popular for leisure travel, with Hamburg known for its contemporary museums, art galleries and famous fish market.

The new route to Hamburg from Birmingham will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. On Mondays, the flight will depart Birmingham at 1350 hours, arriving Hamburg at 1640 hours and on return departing Hamburg at 1710 hours and arriving Birmingham at 1815 hours. On Wednesdays and Fridays, the flight will depart Birmingham at 1435 hours and arrive Hamburg at 1725 hours, which on return the flight will depart Hamburg at 1750 hours and arrive Birmingham at 1900 hours. On Sundays, the flight will depart Birmingham at 0645 hours, arriving Hamburg at 0935 hours and on return, depart Hamburg at 1005 hours to arrive Birmingham at 1110 hours.

Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, Vincent Hodder, said: ‘We are pleased to add Hamburg as our sixth German destination to our already extensive schedule to and from Birmingham airport and to maintain this key route for existing customers. We look forward to welcoming many new customers on board this summer.’

William Pearson, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, commented: ‘Hamburg is a hugely welcome addition to Flybe’s growing list of routes from Birmingham for both our business and leisure passengers. It is Germany’s second largest city and has the country’s biggest port making it an important economic hub and a great city break destination too. Connecting Hamburg with Britain’s second largest city will be of huge benefit to trade and business relations.’

Flybe’s other German routes from Birmingham for summer include services to Dusseldorf, Hannover, Berlin Tegel, Stuttgart and Munich.

Flybe announces first phase of winter 2017/18 schedule from Cardiff

Flybe, a European regional airline based in the UK, has announced the first phase of its 2017/18 Winter programme from Cardiff Airport, featuring 14 routes including a range of ski and winter sun routes.

Flybe’s first phase Winter 2017/18 schedule from Cardiff will operate up to 68 flights a week on 14 routes including a new weekly service to Rome, carried over from the summer and operating for the first time in winter. The airline has also announced extra services to Cork and Jersey, increasing to three times a week, while flights to Glasgow will increase to six times a week. The increase in the number of flights to Jersey follows customer demand as visitors to Wales from the Channel Islands has increased.

Flybe said that it has also added: two ski routes to Chambery and Geneva starting December; daily flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle and multiple dailies to Edinburgh and Dublin; twice weekly flights to Faro; thrice weekly flights to Berlin Tegel on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; and to Milan on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Full details of the schedule and bookings are available at www.flybe.com.

Seats are currently available for booking and are on sale for travel between October 29, 2017 and February 28, 2018. One way fares start from £24.99 including taxes and airport charges.

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer commented: ‘We’re pleased to be able to offer these 15 key routes from Cardiff as part of the first phase of our 2017/18 Winter programme. The diversity of our destinations is ideal for those wanting to book affordable business travel as well as those looking for short weekend leisure breaks over the autumn/February half-terms and Christmas/New Year holidays.’

Spencer Birns, Commercial Director at Cardiff Airport, added: ‘It’s very positive to see Flybe responding to our customers, who are asking for more choice, frequency and convenience with great prices offered on all of the routes. Flights are proving to be really popular and this helps to give Flybe the confidence to continue adding more choice from Cardiff.’

Flybe connects Cardiff with Rome for first time ever

Flybe, the UK-based European regional airline, has started its first ever service between Cardiff Airport and Rome, with the first flight taking off on March 28, 2017.

The service to the Italian capital is part of Flybe’s 2017 summer schedule from Cardiff, which features 15 routes, offering a total choice of up to 73 flights a week.

Flights to Rome will operate twice a week, with flights scheduled on Tuesdays and Saturdays into Leonardo de Vinci-Fiumicino airport. The service is currently available for travel through to October 28, 2017. Seats are available for booking at www.flybe.com, with fares starting from £24.99 one way including taxes and charges.

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s chief revenue officer, commented: ‘We are delighted to include yet another new route from our Cardiff base this summer. Rome is an exciting new destination both for Flybe and for the airport. We are committed to connecting people and communities and offering the widest choice of destinations possible with time saving, punctual and affordable travel. We look forward to welcoming many more new passengers on board.’

Debra Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, added: ‘What an exciting start to Flybe’s summer season! We’re delighted that the airline has chosen Cardiff to launch its first ever service to Rome. This route has been in great demand by our customers for some time so this is a welcome addition to the airline’s growing network of services.’ 

Flybe’s summer schedule from Cardiff also includes flights to other country capitals including London City, Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast City, Berlin and Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and scheduled for business and leisure travellers. Available for travel March 26 to October 28, 2017, Flybe’s 2017 Summer Schedule from Cardiff serves 15 destinations – including Belfast City, Berlin Tegel, Cork, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Faro, Glasgow, Jersey, London City, Milan, Munich, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Rome and Verona – with a choice of up to 73 flights a week.

Flybe to commence service from Heathrow with flights to Scotland

Flybe, the UK-based European regional airline, has become the first domestic carrier to begin operating at Heathrow Airport since 2013, according to a release by Aberdeen Airport.

The move comes after the UK’s hub announced a GBP10 reduction in domestic passenger charges in January in an attempt to enhance domestic connections at the airport. The move opens up a network of onward connections for travellers from Scotland globally and also enables inbound tourists and investors to visit Scotland’s capital and the Granite City. As per the plan, Flybe will operate up to four daily services to Edinburgh and three to Aberdeen, with fares starting from GBP29.99 and GBP34.99 one-way, respectively.

Flybe CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener, said: ‘We are so pleased to confirm further our commitment to Scotland by offering even more flights to London with our two new routes from Edinburgh and Aberdeen to Heathrow’s Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal, giving passengers greater choice and also linking them with our range of codeshare partners through our ‘One Stop to the World’ approach.

‘Passengers can, for example, fly onwards with Virgin Atlantic to Los Angeles or New York, or fly east with Singapore Airlines – all on one ticket from Edinburgh or Aberdeen. Early bookings show this is an increasingly important part of the booking profile for these two new routes and we look forward to adding even more codeshare partners shortly.

‘Flybe is the UK’s leading regional airline, with more routes connecting local communities than any other carrier. Our new flights offer the best value for money for those flying between Scotland and Heathrow and mean we can now better serve our passengers in both Scotland and the South East.’

Heathrow Operations Director Derek Provan added: ‘Earlier this year, Heathrow reduced domestic passenger charges by GBP10 and it’s great to see the benefits of that coming through with Flybe’s new services to Aberdeen and Edinburgh boosting choice for our passengers.

‘More airlines flying routes to Scottish airports means more flights, more competition and choice for families, and more visitors to Scotland. With Flybe operating from the award-winning Terminal 2, Scottish passengers and businesses now have direct access from Heathrow to over 180 global destinations including some of the fastest growing export markets around the world. We’re delighted to welcome them to the Heathrow family.’

Flybe services will operate from Heathrow’s Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal, and will provide passengers with connections onto Star Alliance’s network of 44 global destinations served directly from Heathrow. Passengers will also have transfers onto flights from Flybe’s codeshare partners Emirates, Virgin, Etihad and Singapore Airlines from Terminal 3.

Flybe announces new DSA-Palma route for summer, to restart weekly Dusseldorf service from Cardiff

Flybe, the UK-based low cost airline, has announced a new route from Yorkshire’s Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) to Palma, this summer.

Palma, in the western Mediterranean, is the capital of the Spanish island of Mallorca. A popular sun destination, the city boasts trendy restaurants, cafes and shops. Tourists and holidaymakers can also enjoy a relaxing beach break as the city offers a range of resorts.

Tickets for the twice weekly flights from DSA to Palma are on sale at www.flybe.com, with summer flights taking off from July 7. In total, Flybe’s 2017 summer schedule from DSA features 11 routes with a choice of up to 46 flights a week.

Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to be adding more options to fly to this fantastic Mediterranean destination. We’ve listened to feedback asking for more low cost flights to popular holiday spots and we’re pleased to deliver this route with Flybe.

‘Flybe is offering a range of great sun destinations with us, with a really good schedule at great prices, so to add even more is a real boost for the region.’

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, added: ‘We are pleased to be extending our 2017 Summer schedule from Doncaster Sheffield Airport with the additional choice of yet more sun flights to such a popular summer holiday destination.

Flights are scheduled to give customers flexibility and the choice of either a long weekend or a full week away so Yorkshire based sun seekers can be as flexible as possible with their holiday plans.’

Separately, Flybe has announced the return of its weekly Saturday service between Cardiff and Dusseldorf starting April 1, 2017. Flights are available to book now with one way fares from £45 including taxes and charges. In total, 16 routes feature in Flybe’s 2017 summer schedule from Cardiff offering a choice of up to 84 flights a week.

Flybe partners with Virgin Atlantic to offer new destinations for Scottish travellers

Leading European regional airline Flybe has announced a partnership with Virgin Atlantic to offer Scottish travellers new flight services to international destinations including Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Dubai.

Under the partnership, new Flybe flights from Aberdeen and Edinburgh will connect customers onto Virgin Atlantic flights to the US, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In this connection, the two airlines have extended their codeshare agreement to include London Heathrow. The new Flybe codeshare flights to London Heathrow will operate starting March 26, offering four services per day from Edinburgh Airport, and up to three services per day from Aberdeen Airport.

Passengers will be able to book tickets to travel from Edinburgh and Aberdeen with Flybe, and connect onto Virgin Atlantic flights at London Heathrow. The agreement will allow passengers to connect between Flybe and Virgin Atlantic with a single check in and bag drop.

The new flights are now on sale at www.virginatlantic.com.

Erik Varwijk, Executive Vice President, Commercial, Virgin Atlantic commented: ‘Our partnership with Flybe will bring the world a little closer to Scotland with exciting new Virgin Atlantic destinations available across the US, Asia, and Africa. The extended codeshare agreement builds on the partnership we announced last year which has proved popular with customers across the UK.

‘We look forward to offering easy connections to some of our most popular destinations such as the US cities of San Francisco and Boston, as well as helping to boost business and investment with access to major hubs such as Hong Kong and Dubai.’

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, added: ‘Flybe is especially delighted that this extension of our valued codeshare partnership with Virgin will enable us to better serve Scottish travellers and global visitors, further realising our ambition of being a ‘One Stop to the World’ for the UK regions.

‘We greatly look forward to cementing our commitment to Scotland and welcoming even more Virgin passengers on board our new Heathrow flights from Aberdeen and Edinburgh when they start at the end of March.’

The new destinations on offer from Aberdeen and Edinburgh via London Heathrow include Los Angeles with fares starting from £498 return, San Francisco from £498 return, Boston from £398 return, Washington from £418 return and Hong Kong from £445 return, Flybe said.

Flybe announces two new routes between Heathrow and Scotland

Flybe, the UK-based European regional airlines, has recently said that it will commence operations from London Heathrow to Scotland.

The new service will offer a choice of more than 40 scheduled flights a week from Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The new routes complement Flybe’s existing London City flights from the two Scottish airports. With the route expansion, effective March 26, 2017, Flybe will offer up to 18 flights a day between London and Edinburgh, and 10 between London and Aberdeen.

Flybe’s Executive Chairman, Simon Laffin, said: ‘We are delighted to announce our first flights to London Heathrow, significantly enhancing our UK domestic route network and offering even better links between Scotland and London. The new routes to Heathrow complement the existing ones we operate to London City, and will benefit our business customers and customers in Scotland who want to connect with our long haul codeshare partners.

‘Flybe is the leading airline serving UK domestic passengers and these new services position us well to serve our passengers in both Scotland and the South East. We have long been lobbying for Heathrow to offer more opportunities for domestic flights to enhance regional connectivity. Whilst other operators may have dismissed the possibility of further domestic routes into Heathrow, we look forward to working with the airport to further expand the range of domestic destinations.’

Heathrow’s Chief Executive, John Holland-Kaye, added: ‘Improving the connections into Heathrow from all around the UK will be vital in helping to secure the economic future of communities in every corner of the nation. Today’s announcement shows that the measures we’re introducing, such as the £10 reduction on domestic passenger charges, are already working to secure vital links.

‘More airlines flying routes to Scottish airports means more flights, more competition and choice for families, and more visitors to Scotland. With Flybe based at Terminal 2, it also means new, unique direct access from Heathrow to markets such as Colombia, Taipei and Auckland – meaning more opportunity for Scottish businesses looking to reach new export markets.’

Flybe will use Heathrow’s Terminal 2 and offer ‘One Stop to the World’ connectivity to its codeshare and interline partners. Flight fares start from £39.99 one way including taxes and charges.

Blue Islands to launch new route to Guernsey from Cardiff in summer 2017

Blue Islands, a new airline and a franchise partner of Flybe, will launch a new direct service from Wales’ Cardiff Airport to Guernsey in the Channel Islands for the summer 2017 season, according to a news release by the airport.

The new flights to Guernsey will begin on Tuesday May 2, 2017, operating three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout next summer until September 30, 2017. The new service will be operated using Blue Islands’ 68-seat ATR 72 aircraft. Flights are available for booking with fares starting from £39.99 one way at Flybe.com.

Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘It’s great to welcome another airline to Cardiff Airport. The franchise agreement between Blue Islands and Flybe is an innovative way to offer our customers even more choice and value for money, as demonstrated by the introduction of a new service to Guernsey.

‘The island offers visitors a unique experience and boasts stunning scenery, and with three departures a week it’s ideal for a short, relaxing break. Additionally this offers residents the perfect opportunity to visit Wales and to discover all that our stunning country has to offer.’

Rob Veron, Blue Islands CEO, said: ‘Blue Islands is committed to the rejuvenation of our tourism industry and we hope this new route will be a valuable boost to our island’s visitor economy. With the added benefit of our Flybe franchise, Blue Islands is also better equipped than ever to encourage the 1.8m audience surrounding Cardiff Airport to discover our beautiful island.’

‘We are working closely with Visit Guernsey, Visit Wales, Guernsey and Cardiff airports. As well as attracting new visitors to Guernsey, with a flight time of just one hour, this new service provides islanders with an exciting new direct destination, perfect for city breaks. Cardiff offers wonderful shopping, heritage, world-class entertainment and of course the gateway to discovering South Wales and all that this stunning region has to offer.’

Flybe had in October released its first set of flights for summer 2017, with the addition of a brand new route to Rome departing on Tuesday and Saturdays starting from March next year. Fares to the Italian capital starts from £24.99 each way at Flybe.com.

Flybe commences expanded 2016-17 winter schedule from Cardiff, Birmingham

Flybe, one of the leading European regional airlines, has commenced its 2016/17 winter schedule from Cardiff Airport, featuring 14 routes including the continuation of the popular London City service.

The winter schedule also includes the recently launched twice weekly flights to Berlin Tegel, the German capital’s main international airport. Other highlights of Flybe’s winter schedule from Cardiff include daily flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle, ideal for travellers to Disneyland Paris during the festive season; and ski routes to Chambery and Geneva starting in December.

Flybe’ expanded schedule at Cardiff offers a choice of up to 74 flights a week through to March 25, 2017, with one way fares from £24.99 including taxes and charges available for booking at www.flybe.com.

Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Cardiff Airport commented: ‘The Flybe base is now marking its second winter of operation at Cardiff, and it’s very pleasing to reflect on all of the exciting developments that have been announced over the year so far, including the recent extension of the daily London City service which continues due to popular demand. We look forward to a busy winter of welcoming Flybe passengers and to continue our great working relationship with the airline, so that the base can keep going from strength to strength.’

Flybe has also started operating its 2016-17 winter schedule from Birmingham, with a choice of up to 375 flights a week across 23 routes including brand new daily flights to Toulouse and a weekly Saturday ski service to Geneva. Flights to Geneva will start on December 17, offering onward connections to many popular ski resorts in Switzerland, France and Italy.

Flybe’s expanded schedule at Birmingham includes increased flights to Edinburgh (up to seven a day) and to Amsterdam (up to six a day). An additional four routes will operate for the first time this winter – to Knock, Luxembourg, Nantes and Rotterdam. Flights operate through to March 25, 2017 with one way fares from £24.99 including taxes and charges available for booking at www.flybe.com, the airport said in a release.

William Pearson, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘It is excellent news that Flybe will be increasing its selection of routes this winter for our passengers. Toulouse is one of France’s great cultural and commercial centres with a strong medieval heritage. Geneva is a commercial hub as well as being a fantastic gateway to many world class ski resorts.

‘We are sure both of these routes will prove popular with our passengers looking for city breaks and fantastic Christmas markets, ski and snowboard holidays or for business trips.