William Pearson, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, seen here with the Flybe inaugural crew on the new Birmingham to Hamburg service 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.”
Seen welcoming Flybe’s new service from Birmingham in Hamburg with cake is the German airport’s Manager Traffic Development & Sales, Aviation Marketing, Alexandra Ringel. The route will operate year-round.
To celebrate the inaugural Flybe flight from Doncaster Sheffield to Palma de Mallorca, the UK airport surprised the lucky customer who made the very first booking on the service by presenting her with access to its Premium Lounge where she enjoyed free food and drink. Steve Gill, Doncaster Sheffield Airport CEO (centre) hands over the prize to Judith Machin (left) and daughter Emily Machin (right).
- Flybe, on 10 July, celebrated the launch of its year-round service between Birmingham (BHX) and Hamburg (HAM), the only direct service connecting the UK’s and Germany’s ‘second cities’. The Q400-operated route, which faces no direct competition, departs up to four times a week, with additional frequency being added for the upcoming winter schedule. Flybe’s CRO, Vincent Hodder, said: “We are delighted to be launching our first flights between Birmingham and Hamburg today. These flights are the only direct route between these two major cities and it is the fifth German destination to be added to our schedule to and from Birmingham Airport. We look forward to welcoming many new customers on board this summer.” The airline’s other German routes from Birmingham for S17 are Düsseldorf, Hannover, Berlin Tegel and Stuttgart. On 7 July, Flybe also commenced a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service from Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) to Palma de Mallorca (PMI). The E175-operated sector will face direct competition from Thomson Airways (six times weekly) and Thomas Cook Airlines (weekly).