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1st July 2009

Flybe fills the National Express void

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, today reported record sales on its new air service from Yorkshire to London.

In direct contrast to the chaos on the rail network, which today saw the government take the East Coast rail service into public ownership, Flybe sold more tickets on June 30th than on any other day since the route was announced in April.

Commenting on the strong sales, Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer said: "The demand for tickets on Flybe’s new service from Leeds Bradford to London Gatwick has exceeded all expectations. Flybe came to the rescue when BMI walked away from their Leeds to London air service and now it seems we are coming to the rescue of more and more Yorkshire travellers who have lost faith with the railways. Transport links for the UK’s regional economies are crucial and Flybe is proud to provide convenient, affordable and reliable services for Yorkshire and London alike."