28 October 2011
There is an air of excited anticipation across the Nordic and Baltic region this weekend as Flybe, Finland’s newest and Europe’s largest regional airline, starts operating its first flights, offering both business and leisure travellers a choice of up to 500 flights a week. Fares start at just € 25 one way, including taxes and charges.
Flybe will be celebrating the start of its new network with a wide variety of events such as a plane naming competition and a fun competition making paper airplanes in Helsinki’s Kamppi shopping centre. Key destinations are planning their own official welcoming events, and the passenger who was the first person to book with the new airline will be honoured at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport on Wednesday, November 2nd.
Mike Rutter, Managing Director Flybe Europe, comments: “We are delighted to welcome our first passengers on board this weekend at the start of the 2011/12 IATA Winter season. We hope they will enjoy their first ever Flybe experience. It is one that offers quality, friendly service at affordable prices. We hope also that their first flight, whether it be on Sunday or some time later, will become the first of many as they realise the benefits of convenient, point to point travel and become valued frequent fliers.“
Of the 25 Flybe routes on sale, 10 are brand new. The latest addition was the former Finnair-operated lifeline route between Helsinki and Jyväskylä where Flybe now offers a choice of up to 34 flights a week. The other new routes are as follows:
Helsinki – Mariehamn, Aland (up to 2 daily)
Helsinki – Tartu, Estonia (6 per week)
Helsinki – Trondheim, Norway (4 per week)
Helsinki – Umea, Sweden (4 per week)
Tampere – Tallinn, Estonia (up to 2 daily)
Turku – Tallinn (up to 2 daily)
Vaasa – Tallinn (6 per week)
Oulu – Tallinn (6 per week)
Tallinn – Stockholm Bromma, Sweden (up to 3 daily)
The start of Flybe’s winter schedule is a new beginning for the former Finnish Commuter Airlines (Finncomm) whose joint acquisition was announced by Flybe and Finnair in July. Finncomm is now absorbed into Flybe. The new branding and colours are already visible on three ATR aircraft, while the rest of the fleet is anticipated to be complete by spring next year.
Juha-Pekka Pystynen, CEO of Finavia and Airport Director of Helsinki Airport comments: “The Finnish airport operator Finavia warmly welcomes Flybe to operate in Finland and looks forward to future growth. Flybe not only provides important regional services from Helsinki to other airports in Finland but also strengthens Helsinki Airport’s position as a popular transfer hub between Europe and Asia.”
Mr Rutter adds: “We have all been working hard to ensure that everything is ready for our first passengers. We also recognise that we have had to make some tough decisions to ensure that we can give as many passengers as possible access to the services they need. We assure our customers that we remain committed to providing schedules that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.
“This weekend marks yet another important milestone for the Flybe brand and moves us one step closer to creating more Flying Finns and to becoming the preferred regional airline for the Nordic and Baltic region. Welcome on board!”