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8th July 2009

Flybe welcomes new SOU FC owners

FLYBE LAUNCHES CELEBRATION FLIGHT SALE IN WELCOMING NEW SOUTHAMPTON FC OWNERS
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Flybe, Europe’s leading regional airline and main sponsor of Southampton Football Club, is delighted to welcome onboard Markus Liebherr as the club’s new owner.

To celebrate this momentous moment in the club’s history, Flybe is launching a special two day ‘Just Pay Taxes and Charges’ Seat Sale on a selection of its most popular routes out of Southampton, with one way fares from just  £27.00 for travel between August 1 and September 30, 2009. Tickets can be booked from midnight tonight on www.flybe.com.

Earlier this year, prior to the Football League ruling on the Saints’ status, Flybe confirmed its commitment and support to the Club for the 09/10 season, providing it a massive boost. As a key partner, the airline has been in close contact with the Saints’ Directors and Administrator over the past few weeks on the progress of the sale of the Club. 

Flybe’s Director of Marketing, Simon Lilley says: “We understand what makes communities work and for something so central to the fabric of Southampton to have been lost would have been devastating for the region. So we wholeheartedly congratulate the Club on the dawn of their very positive new era and look forward to working alongside the new owners and the Club’s management team to continue what, over the last few years, has been an extremely successful partnership.”

Flybe is now sponsoring two teams in Division 1 this season, with Exeter City also Flybe-sponsored.

Mr Lilley has confirmed that discussions will now commence with the club over continuing with a number of Flybe-led community initiatives that have proven so successful in previous seasons. The airline will also, wherever possible, continue to find ways in which to fly the Saints’ team to away games.

He added:  “To mark today’s very auspicious announcement, we are contributing to the festivities by bringing our own celebratory two-day flight sale to the party with some of our lowest ever prices! We would urge travellers to book quickly so they don’t lose out on some affordable and unmissable summer travel options.”