Posted on: 13 July 2010 by Mark Howells
Flybe and Air France have announced an extensive commercial relationship in a move aimed at benefitting the interests of their customers and the communities they serve.
This new relationship, planned for implementation this autumn, takes the form of a codeshare agreement that will add value for regional air travellers in the UK, France and beyond, giving Flybe passengers access to five additional routes between the UK and France as well as seven new domestic French routes and 11 international routes.
A further benefit is that all Flybe services into Paris Charles de Gaulle airport will now conveniently connect to the Air France hub allowing seamless and easy access to all of Air France’s extensive international services.
Air France codeshare customers will gain access to 45 new routes from France to the UK, as well as seamless connections through Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton on a further 17 UK domestic routes.
Jim French, Flybe’s chairman and chief executive officer remarked, “This deal is a further milestone in Flybe’s growth. Having cemented our position as the UK’s number one domestic airline, we have sought to grow our position in our next most important market, which is the European business city market.
“[This] deal with one of the world’s pre-eminent aviation groups allows us to extend our brand reach across Continental Europe. The codeshare brings benefits for passengers and the two airlines alike; it’s a real win–win agreement. For Flybe, it allows us to offer an even wider range of flights to our passengers, as well as provide superb levels of interconnectivity that only an airline as big as Air France can offer.”
Bruno Matheu, Air France’s chief commercial officer, added, “Over the past few years we have watched with great interest Flybe’s growth and development and been impressed by its performance in becoming a respected leader within the sector. The future co-operation with Flybe is a major opportunity for Air France to strengthen its position in the UK. Thanks to our reciprocal codeshares, Flybe and Air France customers will now be offered an extensive choice of new destinations in France and the UK.”
Under the codeshare agreement which should be effective by the end of October 2010, Flybe will market and add its BE code to the following Air France return flights: Aberdeen to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG); Birmingham to Paris CDG and Lyons; Edinburgh to Paris CDG; Manchester to Paris CDG; Newcastle to Paris CDG; Paris Orly to Bordeaux, Limoges, Nice, Perpignan and Toulouse; Paris CDG to Brest, Budapest, Geneva, Istanbul, Lyons, Madrid, Munich, Nice, Nuremberg, Prague, Sofia, Vienna, Warsaw and Zagreb.
Similarly, Air France will market and add its AF code to the following Flybe return flights: Birmingham to Avignon, Bergerac, Bordeaux, Brest, Chambery, La Rochelle, Limoges, Paris CDG, Perpignan, Rennes, Toulouse, Belfast, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle Of Man and Jersey; Exeter to Avignon, Bergerac, Chambery and Rennes; Edinburgh to Bergerac, Limoges and Rennes; Glasgow to La Rochelle; Jersey to Nice; London Gatwick to Bergerac and Limoges; Manchester to Avignon, Bergerac, Brest, La Rochelle, Limoges, Paris CDG, Rennes, Belfast, Glasgow, Inverness and Isle of Man; Newcastle to Limoges; Paris CDG to Belfast, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow and Jersey; Southampton to Avignon, Bergerac, Bordeaux, Brest, Chambery, Limoges, La Rochelle, Nice, Orly, Perpignan, Rennes, Belfast, Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, Inverness and Leeds Bradford.