Flybe launched flights between the Isle of Man and London Heathrow on 21 April, with the origin airport sending off the first flight to Europe’s biggest hub with a splendid water arch salute. The Isle of Man becomes the airline’s fifth route to Heathrow, joining its existing links to Aberdeen, Cornwall Airport Newquay, Edinburgh and Guernsey. Coincidentally, the aircraft operating the inaugural flight is G-ECOH, the same aircraft which was used to celebrate the airline’s first operations to Heathrow two years ago, with anna.aero having been part of those celebrations.
- Flybe launched its fifth route to London Heathrow (LHR) on 21 April, starting a daily connection to Europe’s biggest hub from the Isle of Man (IOM). The regional operator will serve the 403-kilometre route daily using its fleet of Q400s, joining the airline’s existing services to Heathrow from Aberdeen, Cornwall Airport Newquay, Edinburgh and Guernsey, with flights from Cornwall and the Channel Isle having begun a few weeks ago. No other airline presently flies between the Isle of Man and Heathrow. During 2018, UK CAA data shows that 261,540 passengers travelled between the Isle of Man and London, up 4.4% versus the 250,420 passengers that flew between the two locations in 2017. Of those passengers last year, 67% used easyJet between Isle of Man and London Gatwick, 24% flew with British Airways to London City, and 8.9% used easyJet’s route to/from London Luton.