Flybe launches new routes from Birmingham and Leeds/Bradford

Jerry Froggett, commercial director of the operating carrier Suckling Airways, and Andrew Bell, CEO Norwich International Airport. Outside the aircraft, they were joined by captain David Knight, operations director, and Ross Ellis, cabin crew.

Excited about Flybe’s franchise partner Loganair arranging for aircraft to be based in Norwich, which has resulted in the relaunch of Exeter flights are Jerry Froggett, commercial director of the operating carrier Suckling Airways, and Andrew Bell, CEO Norwich International Airport. Outside the aircraft, they were joined by captain David Knight, operations director, and Ross Ellis, cabin crew.

  • Flybe has added two new non-stop routes between the UK and Ireland with the introduction of new daily flights between Birmingham (BHX) and Waterford (WAT), and thrice-weekly flights between Leeds/Bradford (LBA) and Knock (NOC). This marks Flybe’s first foray into Waterford and will complement Aer Lingus Regional’s existing services from the airport to London Luton, London Southend and Manchester, all of which are operated by Aer Arann. The Leeds/Bradford service is Flybe’s third route to Knock, after starting Edinburgh flights last April, and Manchester flights last October. This helped Knock’s passenger numbers grow by 11% in 2011. Both of these new Flybe routes will be operated by the airline’s Q400s. Flybe’s franchise partner Loganair has re-started non-stop flights between Exeter (EXT) and Norwich (NWI) with a daily service operated by a 31-seater Dornier 328. Commenting on the launch, Loganair’s COO Jonathan Hinkles said: “Today’s launch is a significant step in the development of Flybe’s network of services from Norwich International Airport. We were delighted with the level of advance ticket sales ahead of the launch and are confident the re-instatement of this daily route will offer our customers a speedy and cost-effective service between Norwich and Exeter. As well as helping to create 15 new jobs in Norwich, the return of this important regional route is great news for the local economies of both Norwich and Exeter.”

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