flybe low-cost airline and flight news
This page contains an archive of all news items featuring flybe. You can also view all of the routes operated by flybe.
November 25th, 2011
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
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
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
February 17th, 2010
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
January 30th, 2010
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 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
April 22nd, 2009
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).
February 5th, 2009
December 23rd, 2008
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 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
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
March 21st, 2008
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
flybe have now put the routes on sale that they will take over from BA Connect. They will begin operating all of these flights from 25 March 2007. These include flights from Birmingham to Milan (Malpensa), Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Dusseldorf, Stuttgart and Frankfurt (International), from Manchester to Edinburgh, Isle of Man, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Milan (Malpensa), Dusseldorf, Frankfurt (International), Stuttgart, Brussels (International) and Hanover, and also from London (Gatwick) to Inverness and Isle of Man.
March 8th, 2007
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 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
November 28th, 2006
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
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
September 26th, 2006
September 22nd, 2006
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 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 have announced a further 8 new routes in their winter timetable, which will begin flying from mid-December 2006.
Flights are already on sale on these roues at www.flybe.com.
June 22nd, 2006
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.
Tickets can be booked at www.flybe.com.
June 19th, 2006
Flights are already available to book at www.flybe.com.
June 12th, 2006
April 11th, 2006
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
Flights will shortly be on sale at www.flybe.com.
February 22nd, 2006
Flights can be booked now at www.flybe.com.
January 1st, 2006
December 16th, 2005
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
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.
Tickets are available to book immediately at www.flybe.com.
November 8th, 2005
October 18th, 2005
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 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 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
September 2nd, 2005
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
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
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
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
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).
November 30th, 2004
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).
November 29th, 2004
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
Flights on this new route can be booked as of today.
October 25th, 2004
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 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 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.
September 25th, 2004
July 10th, 2004
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.