Flybe adds 16 airport pairs

Flybe’s new Doncaster Sheffield base

On 27 March Knock Airport celebrated the arrival of Flybe’s inaugural flights from Birmingham and Edinburgh. As it was Easter Sunday, not only did the airport celebrate with a traditional route launch cake, but also with chocolate Easter eggs. Flights to both UK destinations will be operated six times weekly by the carrier’s Q400 fleet.

Exeter Airport celebrated the start of Flybe’s inaugural service from Norwich

Exeter Airport celebrated the start of Flybe’s inaugural service from Norwich on 24 March with a traditional route launch cake. Flights on the 386-kilometre UK domestic connection will be flown six times weekly by the carrier’s Q400 fleet.

Seen discussing business at the launch of Flybe’s latest base at Doncaster Sheffield are: Sir Gary Verity, CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire; Steve Gill, MD Peel Airports; and Vincent Hodder, Chief Revenue Officer, Flybe. The regional carrier will operate from Doncaster Sheffield to Alicante, Amsterdam, Berlin Tegel, Faro, Jersey, Malaga, Newquay and Paris CDG. From October the carrier will add a ninth route to Düsseldorf while a tenth route to Chambery will be launched in December.

  • Flybe between 24 and 28 March launch 16 new routes across its UK and European network, including it first based operations from Doncaster Sheffield (DSA). Vincent Hodder, Chief Revenue Officer, Flybe said of the launch: “Today (24 March) is a day we have been working towards for a long time with eight brand new routes starting over the next few days from a brand new base – and we are delighted to announce details of yet another new route with a service to Düsseldorf.” As well as launching a wealth of new routes from Doncaster Sheffield, the carrier has also expanded operations by adding further routes from its Birmingham (BHX), Edinburgh (EDI), London City (LCY), Norwich (NWI) and Southampton (SOU) bases. Commenting on the new connection between Norwich and Exeter, the first new route to be operated under the UK Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund, Matt Roach, MD Exeter Airport, said: “This is a UK first for Exeter Airport and further evidence of our growing route network. Travelling to Norwich by train or car can take around five hours so we expect this new service to be popular with business and leisure passengers. Norwich Airport is just two and a half miles from the city of Norwich and the gateway to the coastline and countryside of Norfolk.” The average weekly frequency of Flybe’s new routes is 4.8. Only two of the carrier’s latest routes will encounter direct competition, with services from Doncaster Sheffield to Alicante (ALC) and Malaga (AGP) facing Thomson Airways as an incumbent carrier. Take a closer look at anna.aero’s live coverage of Flybe’s base launch at Doncaster Sheffield. Vote for Norwich, Exeter and Knock airports cakes in this week’s competition. Vote for Doncaster Sheffield and Norwich airports FTWAs in this week’s competition.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
24 March Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) Amsterdam (AMS) E195 (7)  
Faro (FAO) E195 (2)  
Jersey (JER) E195 (7)  
Newquay (NQY) E195 (3)  
Paris CDG (CDG) E195 (13)  
Norwich (NWI) Exeter (EXT) Q400 (6)  
Malaga (AGP) E195 (2)  
Southampton (SOU) La Rochelle (LRH) Q400 (2)  
25 March Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) Alicante (ALC) E195 (3) Thomson Airways (3)
Berlin Tegel (TXL) E195 (4)  
Norwich (NWI) Alicante (ALC) E195 (2)  
26 March Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) Malaga (AGP) E195 (3) Thomson Airways (3)
27 March Birmingham (BHX) Knock (NOC) Q400 (6)  
Edinburgh (EDI)  
Southampton (SOU) Paris CDG (CDG) Q400 (7)  
28 March London City (LCY) Q400 (5)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 5 April 2016.

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