Posted on: 12 November 2014 by Mark Howells
From the beginning of its summer schedule on 29 March 2015, Flybe will re-open a base at Aberdeen Airport, creating up to 100 jobs including flight crew, engineers and ground handling staff.
Four Bombardier Q400s will be based at the airport and will operate the thrice-daily Flybe shuttle service to Jersey via Leeds Bradford and Southampton, as well as key routes to London City (which as of last month began running twice-daily) and Manchester, which enables passengers to bypass London airports and connect onwards to Dubai, Helsinki and even further afield through codeshare partners, Etihad and Finnair.
“I am pleased to report that the success of the actions we were forced to take to return the airline to profitability and stimulate demand has brought us to the point where it now makes commercial sense to re-open our Aberdeen base,” commented Paul Simmons, CCO of Flybe (pictured right). “It is a testament to a year of recovery, turnaround and the ultimate re-birth of our airline. I would like to thank both the Scottish government and the airport’s management team for welcoming a Flybe-based operation back to Aberdeen.”
Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond (pictured left), welcomed the base, commenting, “Improving Scotland’s connectivity is one of our top priorities, as it will help build strong business links and provide a real boost to our tourism industry. I am delighted that Flybe is enhancing options for Scotland’s passengers.”