Flybe commences Nordic operations; plus two new Manchester routes

Flybe Nordic was welcomed to Trondheim in Norway on its inaugural flight from the Finnish capital Helsinki. Of course, a cake was on offer to the first passengers and dignitaries.

Yes, it is Sir Alex Ferguson (right), Manchester United’s manager, who welcomed the first passenger on Flybe’s Manchester-Knock route, Harold Sampson, with a bottle of champagne. Celebrating the new four weekly flights in the background were Laura Jurgens Flybe’s sales manager north England; Andrew Harrison, MD Manchester Airport; Tim McDermott, Manchester Airport’s operations director; Joe Gilmore, MD Ireland West Airport Knock; Andrea Hayes, Flybe’s GM market development; and Vanessa Markey, Tourism Ireland’s head of Great Britain.

Yes, it is Sir Alex Ferguson (right), Manchester United’s manager, who welcomed the first passenger on Flybe’s Manchester-Knock route, Harold Sampson, with a bottle of champagne. Celebrating the new four weekly flights in the background were Laura Jurgens Flybe’s sales manager north England; Andrew Harrison, MD Manchester Airport; Tim McDermott, Manchester Airport’s operations director; Joe Gilmore, MD Ireland West Airport Knock; Andrea Hayes, Flybe’s GM market development; and Vanessa Markey, Tourism Ireland’s head of Great Britain.

The launch of Flybe Nordic’s routes, which are operated out of Helsinki and Tallinn, were celebrated with signs showing all the destinations. When the airline arrived in Mariehamn on the Åland Islands from the country capital Helsinki, it was a bit dark, but the crew still dutifully posed for the camera.

  • Flybe entered an exciting new phase of its history this week with the start of Flybe operations in Finland, Scandinavia and the Baltic countries. This follows the joint acquisition (with Finnair) of Finnish Commuter Airlines (Finncomm) announced in July. For a more detailed analysis of the new operation, see this week’s Flybe Nordic airline profile. By mid-February, Flybe’s Nordic network will comprise 25 routes (operated by ATR turboprops) of which 15 were previously operated by Finncomm. Of the 10 new routes started by Flybe, three (all from Tallinn) start in mid-November leaving seven new routes which started this week. These routes, five from Helsinki (HEL) and two from Tallinn (TLL), are summarised in the following table along with the airline’s two new routes from Manchester (MAN) in the UK to Knock (NOC) in Ireland and Newquay (NQY), both of which operate four times weekly with Q400s.
Launch From To WF
30 October Helsinki (HEL) Jyvaskyla (JYV) 17
30 October Helsinki (HEL) Mariehamn (MHQ) 12
30 October Helsinki (HEL) Tartu (TAY) 6
30 October Helsinki (HEL) Trondheim (TRD) 4
30 October Helsinki (HEL) Umea (UME) 4
30 October Tallinn (TLL) Stockholm Bromma (BMA) 17
30 October Tallinn (TLL) Tampere (TMP) 17
31 October Manchester (MAN) Knock (NOC) 4
30 October Manchester (MAN) Newquay (NQY) 4
Source: Flybe
WF: Weekly Frequency

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