Flybe announces Birmingham growth plans

Flybe is expanding its operations at Birmingham Airport with seven new routes including the airport’s first service to Florence (6 times a week) plus flights to Cologne (daily), Toulouse (6 a week); Alicante (5 a week) and four rountrip flights a week to each of Bordeaux, Palma Mallorca and Porto.

Flybe is also adding three Embraer 175s at the airport, creating its biggest-ever regional base with 12 aircraft. The development will create more than 50 new Flybe jobs.

Service to Alicante, Cologne, Florence and Porto begin on 10 April 2014, with those to Bordeaux, Palma and Toulouse starting on 13 May.

Paul Simmons, Flybe’s chief commercial officer, commented, “This news reinforces the increasing emphasis that Flybe is putting on its operations at Birmingham Airport. We’re obviously delighted to offer these additional seven new routes. Our decision to support the region by basing an extra three aircraft here is not only a vote of confidence in the local economy but also in the strong relationship we have built with the airport team.”

Including these seven new destinations, Flybe will now operate 32 routes to and from Birmingham for summer 2014 with a choice of up to 375 return flights a week totalling 1.7 million seats.

“Flybe is strongly committed to supporting the UK’s regional economies and the London-centric media coverage of the aviation debate all too often neglects the rest of the country,” Simmons declared. “By substantially increasing services from the UK’s second largest city, Flybe is demonstrating it realises the importance of maintaining and developing easy and affordable choices with convenient multi-frequency regional schedules. We believe that our future here in Birmingham is bright and we remain committed to continue to play an important role in the development of airline passenger services to and from Birmingham and the Midlands.”

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