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25th August 2009

Flybe plays lead role in Emmerdale love drama

Leading regional airline’s Leeds to London Gatwick service scene of dramatic reunion

Flybe, the UK’s Number One domestic airline, will play a leading role in a feisty on screen reunion between two of ITV Emmerdale’s most popular characters tonight.

The path of true love finally ran smoothly as Val Pollard’s (Charlie Hardwick) plan of tricking Eric Pollard (Christopher Chittell) into thinking she'd headed off to Australia backfired in a twisted plot that saw each chasing after one another and ending up on Flybe’s Leeds Bradford to London Gatwick flight.

The episode was filmed last month at Leeds Bradford Airport where ITV crew filmed at Flybe's check-in desk and also on board a Flybe Q400 aircraft. Staff and passengers became extras at the real life airport locations of this high flying soap which regularly receives audiences of close to 7-million viewers.

Flybe's Chief Commercial Officer, Mike Rutter, said: "As the UK's number one domestic airline, we were naturally very pleased to have been approached by one of the country's favourite soaps to play a leading role in this episode. Our Leeds Bradford to London Gatwick flight provides excellent connections to the rest of the world and so we were heartened to know that the storyline was able to demonstrate so well the added benefits of this popular service."

Flybe operates some 36 flights a week to and from the Yorkshire airport - including a new early morning departure starting at the end of October - part of the total 466 Flybe flights a week serving London Gatwick where the airline flies more domestic passengers than any other carrier.  One way fares are from £25.99 including taxes and charges.