Flybe launches first Regional Air Connectivity Fund route

tFlybe has inaugurated the first flight to launch under the UK Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund, which will operate between Exeter and Norwich six times per week. ttBetween Monday and Friday, flights will depart Exeter at 12:05 and 15:20 to land in Norwich at 13:15 and 16:40 respectively. On Sunday, the Exeter–Norwich service will take off at 10:45 and land at 11:55 before the return leg leaves Norwich at 12:20 to reach Exeter at 13:40. ttThe Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund was launched last year as a way of encouraging new routes to and from UK regional airports and improving connectivity for business and leisure travellers.ttAmy Valcik, Flybe’s chief marketing officer, explained, “Flybe delivers unrivalled regional connectivity between the UK regions and we recognise that time is precious for our customers. So we are thrilled that, as a result of our new relationship with the Rigby Group, we have been able to greatly improve the travel options between Exeter and Norwich, by offering ‘the fastest way from A to Flybe’. We look forward to welcoming all our new passengers on board.”ttThe airline has also reinstated sunshine flights from Norwich Airport for the first time in almost a decade with new year-round flights to Alicante, Malaga, Palma and Faro on an E195 aircrafts. The same services will also be available from Exeter as the result of a new partnership between Flybe and Regional & City Airports (RCA). ttAndrew Bell, Chief Operating Officer for RCA, the airport management division of Rigby Group PLC, stated, “Regional airports perform a critical role connecting the people and businesses of the UK and we are delighted that the first UK route under the Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund is linking two of RCA’s airports. Our growing partnership with Flybe is further cemented by our securing and expanding sunshine flights and demonstrates our commitment to keeping our regions connected.”

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