Gingerbread men were on hand to help celebrate the restart of Flybe services between Southampton and Düsseldorf on 25 October. Human help was in the form of (back row from the top): Tim Hall, Flybe Cabin Crew; Stuart Thompson, Flybe Cabin Crew Manager; (front row from left) Jan Halliday, Director of Marketing and Communications, Southampton Airport; Jamila Gibson, Flybe Senior Cabin Crew; and James MacNeice, Flybe First Officer.
Down the other end of the Southampton to Düsseldorf route in Germany were: (right) Paul Willoughby, Flybe Regional General Manager UK (South); (third from right) Dirk Jördens, Düsseldorf Airport Manager Airline Marketing; and a different inaugural crew! We’re also not sure how the aircraft changed colour en-route either.
- Flybe, as part of its new winter schedule from Southampton (SOU), has resumed daily service to Düsseldorf (DUS). Flybe’s CCO, Paul Simmons says: “We’re committed to bolstering regional connectivity across the UK and into Europe and our new Düsseldorf service is a clear indication of this commitment. We look forward to welcoming many new passengers on board in the upcoming months.” Dave Lees, MD of Southampton Airport, added: “Germany is the country most requested from Southampton Airport, so we are delighted that Flybe is starting flights to Düsseldorf.” In fact, Flybe served the city pair between October 2006 and May 2013. In addition to this international service, Flybe commenced daily domestic flights between Edinburgh (EDI) and Liverpool (LPL), as well as four times weekly operations from Exeter (EXT) to Glasgow (GLA). All three routes were started on 25 October, are operated by the UK regional airline’s Q400 fleet and none of them faces any direct competition. Vote for Southampton and Liverpool’s route launch cakes.