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February 25th 2011


Leading regional airline to operate 10 flights a week between popular UK cultural hubs during summer

Flybe, Europe’s leading regional airline and the UK’s Number One Domestic airline has announced a new summer route from Manchester to the City of Derry, the UK’s City of Culture 2013, which will operate five days a week from 19th May to 25th September 2011.

With a flight time of 65 minutes, departures from Manchester Airport will leave at 1120 on Monday, Thursday and Fridays; 1005 on Saturday and 14.50 on Sundays.  One way fares, including taxes and charges, are from £24.99 and are available for booking now at

Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer says: “We’re delighted to be adding this service from Manchester to the City of Derry which demonstrates our commitment to bringing convenient, affordable travel to passengers throughout the UK.  As Derry prepares and builds towards its very City of Culture status in 2013, this route will be an added bonus for leisure and business travellers to both cultural hubs.

Andrew Harrison, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said: “Flybe is one of the biggest operators from Manchester and we’re delighted they’re providing more choice for customers wishing to access Northern Ireland. As the gateway to the North West, we also look forward to welcoming passengers to the city of Manchester and areas right across the North West for both business and leisure.”

Added Mr Rutter: “It is a further positive example of our continued drive to bring choice and competitively priced travel options to regional air passengers and this route from the City of Derry Airport is an exciting new addition to our established programme out of Northern Ireland.”