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20 September 2011

FLYBE REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO FRANCE FOR THIRD YEAR AT IFTM TOP RESA 2011

Europe’s largest regional airline demonstrates strong regional position at leading European trade show and ability to offer convenient and affordable travel access for the 2012 Olympics.

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline based in Exeter in the South West of England, is again confirming its commitment to the French travel trade with its attendance at IFTM Top Resa 2011 in Paris for the third consecutive year.

The airline is offering up to 318 flights a week to 10 UK destinations in its upcoming winter programme from eight primary airports in France - namely Avignon, Bergerac, Chambery, Paris Charles de Gaulle (T2E), Limoges, Nantes, Orly and Rennes. This means that Flybe operates more flights to and from regional France than any other UK airline and those visiting the Flybe stand at this year’s show will be able to see just why the airline has established such a strong reputation for offering quality, affordable travel both for business and leisure travel.

Of special note are the airline’s 13 routes from France to its Southampton base that is a convenient gateway to the South of England for the 2012 Summer Olympics, being held in London and in many locations across the South of England such as Weymouth. Southampton has excellent motorway and rail links to the UK capital.

In May this year, Flybe announced three brand new routes operating from Southampton to Clermont-Ferrand, Pau and Beziers; and this summer started operating a new four times a week service between Manchester and Nantes.

In addition to the new services, the codeshare agreement with Air France announced in 2010 ensures travellers have access to more flights, more routes, added frequency and enhanced services from and to France.

Flybe’s Director of Sales, Stephen Hobday, comments: "Our attendance at Top Resa 2011 re-confirms our commitment to both the European travel trade and the business community that is so important to Flybe. We look forward to welcoming and meeting many new delegates to our stand.”