The British regional carrier Flybe has started its expansion out of East Midlands (EMA) as a result of the closure of bmibaby and its base at the airport near Nottingham. The two Scottish routes dropped by bmibaby in June were now picked up by Flybe on 10 September. The airline now flies 12 times weekly to Glasgow (GLA) and Edinburgh (EDI) with 78-seat Q400 aircraft. Both routes are operated thrice-daily on weekdays, once on Saturdays and twice on Sundays. Andrew Strong, Managing Director Flybe UK, commented: “We have strived to create a schedule that appeals to both business and leisure travellers and so are pleased with the response with the take up of our early morning southbound and evening northbound flights in particular. This confirms the importance of both of these routes that provide a crucial link to the industries based in the East Midlands.” Ken O’Toole, Manchester Airports Group’s CCO, said: “It’s clear based on previous demand, that links to Edinburgh and Glasgow are enormously important to our passengers. The fast response by Flybe, to preserve these vital links to Scotland, underpins the important role the airport plays as a gateway from the East Midlands to the UK, Europe and beyond.”
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