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3rd December 2009

Flybe kicks off special day return flight for FA Cup Tie

Flybe makes Newcastle fans' 'Pilgrimage' to Home Park possible – and aboard 'King Kev' to boot!

Flybe, the UK’s Number One Domestic Airline, is reaffirming its position as the airline of choice for Newcastle fans with the announcement of a one-off day return flight for fans travelling from Newcastle for the FA Cup Tie between Plymouth Argyle and Newcastle United at Home Park on Saturday January 2nd.

The news is already resulting in seats being snapped up by fans, whose alternatives include an 820-mile round trip by road or a 27-hour return train journey. The flight also illustrates Flybe’s commitment to championing the local communities in which it operates and highlights its understanding of its regional travellers’ needs.

Toon fans will also be delighted to learn that the flight will be operated by Flybe’s very own Kevin Keegan aircraft, unveiled in 2008 by the club’s legendary former manager.  

King Kev Toon Schedule
Saturday 2nd January, 2010
Dep Newcastle 0900 Arr Exeter 1015
Dep Exeter 2000    Arr Newcastle 2115

One way fare from £40.99 including taxes and charges available for booking at

To help the day run even smoother, Flybe has teamed up with Carmel Coaches to offer an £11 return coach transfer that will meet the 'King Kev Toon Special' flight at Exeter International Airport and take them to Home Park for the match, returning to the airport in good time for the return flight. This can be booked by calling Carmel Coaches directly on 01392 214466.

Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, Mike Rutter, says:  “From the moment the balls came out of the hat for this important tie, we knew that Newcastle fans faced a hugely challenging journey just to reach the game.  Flybe is delighted to be able to arrange this special convenient and cost effective alternative. This service will allow Newcastle fans to enjoy both the pre and post match atmosphere all without the dread of having to drive several hundred miles or endure the stress of an extended and possibly delayed train journey at this time of the year coupled with an overnight stay in Plymouth.  ”