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November 25th, 2011

New flybe route from Copenhagen to Stockholm

European regional low-cost airline flybe will begin operating a new route from Copenhagen in Denmark to Stockholm (Bromma) in Sweden this week. They are due to operate 18 flights per week on this route from January 2012. The new flights are already on sale at www.flybe.com.

April 27th, 2011

‘London Southend’ to Jersey this summer with flybe

flybe will once again operate their summer flights from Southend (or London Southend, as they prefer to call it) to Jersey. Their weekly flights begin from 07 May 2011 until October. Book now at www.flybe.com.

January 7th, 2011

flybe to fly from Knock to Edinburgh

Perhaps encroaching on Ryanair‘s territory, flybe are to begin flying from Knock to Edinburgh this year. They will begin flying five times per week on this route from 19 April 2011. Tickets are available at www.flybe.com.

April 8th, 2010

flybe to launch Gatwick – Nantes flights

flybe will begin flying from London (Gatwick) to Nantes this summer. Flights will begin on 15 July 2010 and will operate year-round. Tickets are on sale now at www.flybe.com.

February 17th, 2010

flybe to fly to Manston (Kent)

flybe have just put a route on sale from Edinburgh to Kent Manston – their only route to Kent Manston and the only low-cost route to operate from Kent Manston since EUJet went bankrupt in 2005. flybe will begin flying daily on this route from the end of May 2010. Tickets are available at www.flybe.com.

February 12th, 2010

flybe launches first ever Bournemouth route

flybe will begin flying from their Manchester base to Bournemouth this summer. From 27 May 2010 they will operate 6 flights per week on this route. For booking info see www.flybe.com.

January 30th, 2010

Flybe launch handy summer route from Newcastle to Guernsey

flybe are going to be operating a summer route between Newcastle and Guernsey this summer. They will fly twice per week on the route from 10 July to the end of August. Bookings can be made at www.flybe.com.

January 12th, 2010

Flybe – the interlining low-cost airline?

flybe has introduced what appears to be an interlining deal with Virgin Atlantic. The arrangement allows passengers that use a Flybe regional flight to easily connect with a Virgin flight at either London (Gatwick) or Manchester. flybe will issue boarding passes for all flights at the first check-in, allowing customers to remain airside throughout their journey.

The majority of low-cost airlines do not have interlining deals with other carriers due to the cost and complexity of offering these services. flybe already has similar deals with Brussels Airlines, British Airways and Etihad. More information on the arrangements can be found at www.flybe.com.

May 12th, 2009

Flybe to launch London – Dusseldorf service

flybe will begin flying from London (Gatwick) to Dusseldorf this summer. They will fly up to three times per day on this route from 22 June 2009. The new flights can be booked at www.flybe.com.

April 22nd, 2009

Flybe to launch new Leeds – London service

flybe have announced that they will launch a new route between Leeds Bradford and London (Gatwick) later this year. This follows the announcement by BMI that they are to withdraw their service from Leeds Bradford to London (Heathrow).

flybe will operate the new route to London (Gatwick) three times per day from 29 June 2009. Flights can be booked now at www.flybe.com.

February 5th, 2009

Southampton to Bordeaux with flybe

flybe will begin flying from their Southampton base to Bordeaux this summer. Flights, which begin on 08 July 2009, can be booked now at www.flybe.com.

December 23rd, 2008

flybe expands flights to Jersey

flybe are expanding the number of flights they operate to Jersey and have launched a number of new routes. These include flights from Dundee, Inverness, Humberside, London (Luton) and even Kent Manston. These flights will operate for the 2009 summer season and can be booked now at www.flybe.com.

July 8th, 2008

flybe to offer through ticketing

flybe have announced that they now support through ticketing. This allows customers to change flights on the flybe network and have their luggage transferred between flights, although passengers are still required to go through security at their intermediate stops. This also allows passengers to book interconnecting flights in a single transaction. For more information visit www.flybe.com.

April 23rd, 2008

Paris to Guernsey flights with flybe

flybe will launch a year-round service between Paris (Charles de Gaulle) and Guernsey this summer. They will fly four times per week on this route from 11 July 2008. The flights can be booked now at www.flybe.com.

March 22nd, 2008

Guernsey – Dublin link with flybe

flybe will begin flying directly between Guernsey and Dublin from 07 June 2008. The flights, which operate three times per week, can be booked via www.flybe.com.

March 21st, 2008

Jersey to Paris flights with flybe

flybe will begin flying from Jersey to Paris (Charles de Gaulle) this summer, with flights beginning at the end of April 2008. They will also launch flights from Isle of Man to Jersey via Newquay on 24 May. These new routes are available to book now at www.flybe.com.

March 14th, 2008

Dundee becomes a new flybe destination

flybe are to offer flights from the Scottish city of Dundee using their new franchise agreement with Loganair. The flights, from Dundee to Birmingham and Belfast (City) will begin from 21 May 2008. Tickets are available to book now at www.flybe.com.

February 12th, 2008

New flybe flights between Jersey and Nice

flybe will begin flying from Jersey to Nice this year. From 24 May 2008, they will fly weekly on this route. They will also begin weekly flights from their Birmingham base to Toulouse at the same time. These flights can be booked now at www.flybe.com.

January 30th, 2008

3 new flybe routes from Newcastle

flybe will add three new routes from Newcastle in the coming months. These include flights to London (Gatwick) and Aberdeen (both from 30 March 2008), and weekly flights to Rennes in France (from 24 May). The Gatwick flights will replace a route that is discontinued by Jet2 as of the end of March.

These three new routes may be booked now at www.flybe.com.

January 14th, 2008

flybe to connect Aberdeen and Gatwick

At the end of March 2008 low-cost airline flybe is to launch flights between Aberdeen and London (Gatwick). They will fly three times per day on this route, replacing flights have been axed by British Airways. Tickets on the new flybe flights can be booked now at www.flybe.com.

December 21st, 2007

New flybe flights from Newquay and Cardiff

flybe have put three new routes on sale for next year. They will fly from Newquay to Isle of Man and Reus, and from Cardiff to Jersey. Flights will begin on these routes from 24 May 2008, and can be booked now at www.flybe.com.

November 30th, 2007

Two additional flybe routes to Jersey

Following the recent release of tickets on new flybe routes, they have also added two new routes to Jersey. From 03 May 2008, flybe will add weekly flights to Jersey from Aberdeen and Doncaster. These flights can be booked at www.flybe.com.

November 27th, 2007

flybe Summer 2008 expansion

flybe will expand their operation next summer, when they will launch 23 new routes. This will include expansion in Scotland, with new routes being launched from Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow (International), in addition to flights from England (Liverpool, Manchester, Southampton, Exeter, Newquay and Birmingham), Wales (Cardiff) and Northern Ireland (Belfast (City)).

All of these new routes are available to book now at www.flybe.com.

August 1st, 2007

easyJet and flybe introduce transparent pricing

Both easyJet and flybe are paving the way in transparent pricing for low-cost airlines. Both airlines have begun displaying fully inclusive fares throughout their web sites. Most other low-cost airlines do not report taxes and charges until later stages of booking, meaning that it is often time consuming to compare fares.

March 10th, 2007

March 8th, 2007

New routes from flybe on sale

Following their recent acquisition of BA Connect, flybe have put 11 new routes on sale from their UK hubs. These include flights from Manchester to Bergerac, Limoges and La Rochelle, from Southampton to Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Isle of Man and Frankfurt (International), from London (Gatwick) to Bergerac, from Cardiff to Paris (Charles de Gaulle), from Edinburgh to Rennes and from Guernsey to Norwich and Manchester.

All of these flights can be booked now at www.flybe.com.

March 7th, 2007

flybe complete acquisition of BA Connect

flybe yesterday completed their acquisition of British Airways subsidiary BA Connect. This will see flybe operate 20 existing BA Connect routes, and add an additional 11 new routes. At the same time, they will also scrap a number of BA Connect routes that are deemed insufficiently profitable. These changes will take place this Spring.

More information on the merger can be found at www.flybe.com.

December 5th, 2006

flybe to launch Cardiff – Belfast link

flybe will begin flying between Belfast (City) and Cardiff next year. From 17 May 2007 they will fly twice daily on this route. Flights can be booked now at www.flybe.com.

November 28th, 2006

New flybe routes on sale for Summer 2007

flybe have put a second batch of flights from their Summer 2007 schedule on sale. This includes 13 new routes including flights to Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel), Dubrovnik, Split, Avignon, Rennes, Brest, Nice, Limoges, Glasgow (International), Belfast (City), Manchester, Newquay and Bergerac.

Flights can be booked now at www.flybe.com.

November 4th, 2006

flybe to buy BA Connect

In a surprise move, flybe announced a deal to purchase BA Connect, the recently launched subsidiary of British Airways.

The deal will see flybe operate 70 aircraft from next year, flying around 160 routes. BA will have a 15% stake in the new combined business. Job cuts within BA Connect are expected.

October 22nd, 2006

New flybe routes to Jersey

flybe will begin three new routes to Jersey from the end of April 2007. They will begin flying weekly from London (Luton), Newcastle and Liverpool. Flights can be booked at www.flybe.com.

September 26th, 2006

New Nice flights from Southampton with flybe

From the end of March 2007, flybe will begin flying four times per week between Southampton and Nice. Flights can already be booked at www.flybe.com.

September 22nd, 2006

Southampton to Galway with flybe

flybe will begin flying between Galway and Southampton from 16 December 2006. For most of the winter season they will fly 4 times per week on this new route. Flights can be booked now at www.flybe.com.

September 16th, 2006

flybe land at Inverness

flybe will begin flying to Inverness later this year. They will fly four times per week between their Belfast (City) base and Inverness from 16 December 2006. Flights are on sale now at www.flybe.com.

June 27th, 2006

flybe announce more winter flights

flybe have announced a further 8 new routes in their winter timetable, which will begin flying from mid-December 2006.

The new routes include Berne from Southampton and Birmingham, Chambery from Norwich and Birmingham, Salzburg from Southampton and Birmingham and also Geneva from both Southampton and Birmingham.

Flights are already on sale on these roues at www.flybe.com.

June 22nd, 2006

flybe winter routes on sale

flybe have put a number of new routes on sale for the forthcoming winter season. These include, from 29 October 2006, flights to Aberdeen from Leeds Bradford and Exeter, to Amsterdam from Exeter and Norwich, from Birmingham to Hanover, and from Belfast (City) to Doncaster and Galway.

From 16 December, they will launch skiing routes to Geneva from Exeter and Norwich, and from Exeter to both Salzburg and Chambery.

Their schedule also shows some flights beginning 08 March 2007 from Birmingham to Aberdeen and Galway.

Tickets can be booked at www.flybe.com.

June 19th, 2006

flybe to connect Southampton and Amsterdam

flybe will launch a new route from their Southampton base to Amsterdam. They will fly up to twice per day on this new route, which will begin on 11 September 2006.

Flights are already available to book at www.flybe.com.

June 12th, 2006

flybe to begin flying to Germany

At the end of October 2006, flybe will begin flying to Germany from their Southampton base. They will begin flying twice daily to Dusseldorf and daily to Hanover.

The implication is that flybe intend to launch further German routes. The new routes from Southampton can be booked at www.flybe.com.

April 11th, 2006

flybe launches online check-in

Following similar movements by other low-cost airlines, flybe have also launched an online check-in facility – Q-Buster.

The new service allows travellers to check-in online from 24 hours prior to departure, up to 2 hours prior to departure. Unlike other low-cost airlines, flybe also allows you to check-in online if you have hold luggage. Passengers with hold luggage simply drop their bags at designated area before proceeding to security at the airport. Customers without hold luggage can proceed directly to security.

Online check-in is available now at www.flybe.com.

March 24th, 2006

flybe adds Edinburgh to Newquay connection

flybe will begin flying between Edinburgh and Newquay from 10 July 2006. They will fly 3 times per week on this route, which looks currently scheduled to operate as a summer only service.

Flights will shortly be on sale at www.flybe.com.

February 22nd, 2006

flybe expand at Norwich

flybe will launch 2 new routes from their base at Norwich on 25 May 2006. They will begin flying daily between Norwich and Paris (Charles de Gaulle) and twice daily from Norwich to Manchester.

Flights can be booked now at www.flybe.com.

January 1st, 2006

flybe to fly from Southampton to Cherbourg

From 24 May 2006, flybe will begin flying between Southampton and Cherbourg. This route is currently scheduled to be a summer service, and flights will operate until the end of September.

December 16th, 2005

flybe to charge for hold luggage

flybe will introduce charges for passengers wishing to put luggage in the aircraft hold from February 2006. Passengers will be charged £4 or £2 if booked in advance. As a consequence of these changes, flybe will also reduce the cost of every flight by £1.

They will increase the hand-luggage allowance to 10kg per person, and will increase the allowance for luggage in the hold to 25kg.

November 29th, 2005

flybe French summer expansion

Seats have just become available on a number of flybe routes for summer 2006. This signals the introduction of 9 routes to France for summer 2006, including flights to destinations which are new to the low-cost airline map of Europe – Avignon and Angers.

flybe will begin operating flights from Southampton to Angers and Avignon from the end of May 2006, flying 3 times per week. Their summer 2006 timetable also includes routes from Southampton to Perpignan and Brest. They will launch a direct route from Leeds (Bradford) to Bergerac and from Norwich to Bordeaux. flybe will also start-up summer routes from Birmingham to Perpignan and La Rochelle.

In addition to these French routes, flybe will fly from Southampton to Faro.

Tickets are available to book immediately at www.flybe.com.

November 8th, 2005

Air Wales to fly from Cork to Exeter

From the beginning of 2006, Air Wales will launch a route from Cork to Exeter.

Since flybe moved in at Norwich airport, Air Wales have dropped their route from Norwich to Dublin, and no longer have a presense at the airport.

October 18th, 2005

flybe allows seat prebooking

It is now possible to book your seat in advance using the flybe web site. Unfortunately, there is also a surcharge for this, of £5 per seat reservation, or £15 for a seat with extra legroom.

This additional feature is available for bookings made at www.flybe.com.

October 11th, 2005

flybe adds routes from Manchester

flybe will begin flying up to 4 times per day from Manchester to Belfast (City) from 06 January 2006. They will also launch a flight from 16 February, operating twice per day, between Manchester and Exeter.

September 22nd, 2005

flybe adds another summer route from Norwich

flybe will also begin operating a route from Norwich to Faro on 27 March 2006. They will fly 3 times per week. They will also begin flying from Southampton to Palma (Mallorca) twice per week at the same time.

Tickets are already available for these new routes at www.flybe.com.

September 20th, 2005

flybe adds 2 Norwich routes

flybe will launch flights to Murcia and Guernsey from the end of March 2006. They are scheduled to operate for the summer 2006 season.

September 2nd, 2005

Smaller low-cost airlines rescue routes?

Both easyJet and Ryanair have been flexing their muscles in the last few days and making use of their power as the largest low-cost airlines in Europe. easyJet will cease operating a route between Glasgow and Amsterdam at the end of October, despite the assertion by Glasgow Airport that this route (also operated by KLM) is the busiest international route at the airport.

Ryanair have also announced plans to reduce the number of flights operated between London (Stansted) and Newquay by 12 flights per week from October due to the introduction of additional airport charges at Newquay.

It has now become common practice amongst the larger low-cost airlines to stamp feet and make a noise when the airports they fly to decide to raise charges. In many cases, even small increases in charges can prompt a budget airline to stop flying to the airport altogether.

Interestingly, with these 2 recent announcements, 2 smaller low-cost airlines appear to be coming to the rescue. flybe announced that they were looking at starting an operation to London from Newquay, and Newquay airport said they were offering Ryanair‘s old landing slots to other airlines. Similarly, FlyGlobespan have indicated that they may begin operations from Glasgow to Amsterdam.

June 23rd, 2005

flybe expands at Norwich and Exeter

flybe have announced further expansion at their Exeter and Norwich bases.

During the upcoming winter season, 6 new routes will be added from Norwich (bringing their route total to 10). They will launch flights to Alicante and Malaga from the end of September 2005. On 17 December, they will launch new routes to the ski destinations Chambery and Geneva. On 16 March 2006, they will launch new routes to Aberdeen and Dublin. It looks likely that flybe will compete with Air Wales, who already operate a route from Norwich to Dublin.

flybe will also add 3 new routes to their Exeter base, bringing their total routes to 18. On 01 November they will add a new route to Murcia, and then on 17 December to Geneva and Chambery on 24 December.

These new routes are available to book now on www.flybe.com.

February 18th, 2005

dba and Monarch Scheduled added to Europebyair network

Of interest to those outside Europe coming to visit is the Europebyair programme. This allows people to travel on all the routes operated by a number of airlines in Europe for $99 (excluding airport taxes) per flight. Bookings can be made in advance or on the fly.

Monarch Scheduled and dba have just been added to the network as new partners, joining other low-cost carriers including Alpi Eagles, flybe, Virgin Express and VLM, legacy carriers, and oddly – even Eurostar.

Europebyair passes can only be purchased outside Europe and are only available to non-Europeans.

January 15th, 2005

flybe adds 2 Bristol routes

For the upcoming summer season, flybe will add 2 routes from Bristol. From 10 February 2005, they will commence flying to Bergerac until the end of October. On 27 March they are due to commence flying to Jersey, also until the end of the summer season. They will be competing with Air Southwest on this route.

December 1st, 2004

flybe adds routes for summer

We have just added 10 new flybe routes to the database (in addition to other new summer routes announced over the last few days) for the summer 2005 season.

They will begin new routes from Birmingham (International) to La Rochelle and Bergerac, from Southampton to Limoges, Exeter to Palma (Mallorca) and Aberdeen to Belfast (City) (all beginning in March).

In May, more new routes will start from Southampton to Liverpool, Bordeaux and Rennes and form Jersey to Southend. Finally, they will add a route from Exeter to Liverpool on 16 June.

This announcement will make flybe the only low-cost airline to use Southend and Rennes next summer (at the moment!).

November 30th, 2004

flybe move in on Norwich

Following their announcement yesterday to make Leeds (Bradford) a new hub, today flybe have announced that they will also make Norwich a hub airport.

They will begin flying from Norwich on 27 March 2005 when they launch routes to Belfast (City) and Edinburgh. On 07 May they will launch a route to Jersey and on 16 June they will launch a daily route to Glasgow (International).

flybe will be the 2nd low-cost airline to make use of Norwich, Air Wales recently began a route between Norwich, Dublin and Cardiff.

November 29th, 2004

flybe makes Leeds (Bradford) a new hub

As of today, flybe have put on sale 2 new routes from Leeds (Bradford) to Southampton (starting 12 May 2005) and Exeter (starting 16 June). This is in addition to the route they already fly to Belfast (City).

They have announced their intention to make Leeds (Bradford) a hub and it is expected that they will launch more new routes for the summer 2005 season.

November 16th, 2004

flybe connect Exeter and Paris

flybe have announced that on 27 March 2005 they will launch a new route between Exeter and Paris (Charles de Gaulles).

Flights on this new route can be booked as of today.

October 25th, 2004

flybe expands at Birmingham

Further to their recent announcement that they were to make Liverpool a new hub airport, flybe have announced that they will begin flying 7 new routes from Birmingham (International) next year.

This increase in capacity at Birmingham will make flybe Birmingham‘s largest single scheduled carrier.

The new routes from Birmingham include Malaga, Alicante, Almeria, Palma (Mallorca), Faro, Murcia and Geneva. All of the routes will begin flying in March 2005, except Geneva, which we presume will begin in the 2005 winter season.

Flights for all destinations except Geneva are on sale now.

October 11th, 2004

flybe ‘lands’ at Liverpool

flybe have announced that they are to make Liverpool a new hub on their network. From 2005 they will begin flights to Belfast (City) (on 10 February), Edinburgh, Glasgow (International) (both on 27 March 2005, when they commence flying their summer timetable) and Jersey (from 07 May).

This expansion at Liverpool will make flybe the 7th low cost carrier to fly to the airport, further making Liverpool a hub for budget travel in the UK and further fuelling competition in the north west. Their announcement comes only shortly after Air Wales and Wizz Air have announced routes to Liverpool, which is probably best known as a major easyJet hub.

September 30th, 2004

flybe announce new French routes

flybe are determined to show commitment to connecting France and the UK. They have announced 4 new routes today, including connecting Brest with Southampton, Exeter and Birmingham (International). All services begin on 27 March 2005.

In addition, they have added the northern French port of Cherbourg to the low-fares map of Europe, with a connection from Southampton starting on 27 March.

September 25th, 2004

flybe launch new route to Chambery

On 08 January 2005 flybe will launch a new route between Birmingham and Chambery.

July 10th, 2004

flybe announces new UK domestic routes

In addition to their previously announced new route from Southampton to Newcastle, flybe will begin new routes from Southampton to Manchester and from Exeter to Newcastle. Services begin from November 2004.

June 6th, 2004

VLM London City – Jersey route reinstated

Following flybe‘s decision to close their route from London City to Jersey in the middle of this month, VLM have decided to reinstate their route (which had previously been dropped) on 30 June 2004.

June 3rd, 2004

New flybe route: Newcastle – Exeter

In mid-October flybe will begin flying a new daily route from Newcastle to Exeter, an exact start date is yet to be fixed.

April 10th, 2004

flybe errors corrected

It was brought to our attention that there were a number of errors in the data supplied for flybe which have now been corrected.

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