flybe added its third new service to Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC) following the continued success of its services from Manchester and Edinburgh, this time from Birmingham Airport (BHX). The carrier now serves the route four times weekly using its 78-seat Q400s. At this time there is no contention on the direct 500-kilometre route, however Knock is already served by Ryanair from London Stansted (nine times weekly), London Luton (seven), Liverpool (seven), East Midlands (five) and by Aer Lingus from London Gatwick (seven). Commenting on the announcement, flybe’s Head of PR, Niall Duffy said: “flybe is absolutely delighted to launch this new route to Birmingham at the start of the 2013-14 winter season. Given that we are already the biggest airline at Birmingham Airport, when we learnt of the opportunity to offer the route it was an obvious and natural extension to our network. We look forward to welcoming thousands of new passengers onto the service and are pleased to be able to step into the breach.” The airline effectively replaces Aer Lingus on the route, which terminated its Birmingham to Knock service on 26 October.