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28th August 2009

Flybe flights launched during 4th Plinth pose

15 lucky high fliers will catch free flights at London’s Trafalgar Square

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline and the UK’s number one domestic carrier, is giving 15 lucky ‘high fliers’ the chance to catch free flight vouchers during this Sunday’s  0900-1000 session at Trafalgar Square’s 4th plinth.

The valuable flight vouchers have been crafted into paper aeroplanes that Manx resident, Mike Bathgate, will fly into the crowd on August 30th. He secured the coveted spot, somewhat to his surprise, and has decided to use it to talk-up the Isle of Man in the uniquely entertaining manner for which he is renowned. During his high profile session he will also talk about Flybe’s role as the largest scheduled airline serving the Island.  The carrier operates 246 weekly flights to and from the Isle of Man including 52 from London Gatwick alone from where it carries more domestic passengers than any other. 

Ten paper aeroplanes will each offer a free return flight to be used from any Flybe-served airport to the Isle of Man, with an additional five special ‘golden tickets’ carrying free return flights from any Flybe-served airport to any direct Flybe destination.  So if anyone is looking to jet off for free on a winter sun break to Spain, ski trip to France or enjoy a staycation in the UK, they need to make sure they pay the plinth a visit this Sunday morning – and if you can’t go along, then check it out on the live stream at

Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, comments: “Flybe is proud to be working with islander Mike Bathgate in this very creative way to promote the Isle of Man. We’re delighted to have been given the opportunity to support his extraordinary opportunity by providing some of the people who will be there the opportunity to catch a free Flybe flight.”

One way fares to and from the Isle of Man to London Gatwick are available for booking at from £35.99 including taxes and charges.