Posted on: 23 April 2014 by Mark Howells
Flybe has signed a five-year agreement with London City Airport (LCY) to begin domestic and international operations at the airport with effect from 27 October 2014, with Edinburgh, Belfast City, Dublin, Inverness and Exeter making up the initial batch of destinations.
Flybe will deploy five growth aircraft for its LCY operation. The aircraft will be based at three of its regional bases, and are expected to fly around 500,000 passengers annually on a schedule that will see four times daily services to/from Edinburgh and Dublin, three times daily services to/from Belfast and Exeter and twice daily to/from Inverness.
Flybe says the new routes will boost connectivity from the UK regions to London, providing direct links to the heart of London’s financial district. Flybe expects the new routes will also appeal to a significant number of City and Canary Wharf-based passengers who need to access the UK regions and neighbouring European destinations quickly and efficiently.
The airline believes the routes to Edinburgh and Dublin will be in particular demand. They will also be routes where there is direct competition from LCY in the shape of British Airways and CityJet respectively.
Regional core services within the UK and to/from Ireland will be supplemented with off-peak leisure flights to selected ski, regional French and northern Spanish destinations. More information about these routes will be announced shortly.
Saad Hammad, chief executive officer, Flybe, commented, “[This] announcement is a significant landmark in the re-birth of Flybe. We are delighted to re-enter the London market at London’s most convenient airport following a rigorous profitability analysis utilising our strict route assessment model.
“Dedicating five growth aircraft initially to these new routes is a major statement of intent and we look forward to building a successful and growing presence there over the coming years,” added Hammad. “Flybe is today already connecting over 7 million passengers a year across the UK and Europe. With a major London connection, we reaffirm our place as the UK’s largest regional airline.”