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 winter schedule that includes a brand new route between Tampere and Tallinn with two flights a day. One way fares are from 39 Euros including taxes and charges.
Flybe’s extensive winter schedule features in total 25 routes, ten of which are brand new, giving passengers a total choice of up to 500 flights a week.
The 9 other new routes in Flybe’s network are as follows:
Helsinki – Jyväskylä (up to 3 daily)
Helsinki – Mariehamn, Åland (up to 2 daily)
Helsinki – Tartu, Estonia (6 per week)
Helsinki – Trondheim, Norway (4 per week)
Helsinki – Umea, Sweden (4 per week)
Turku – Tallinn (up to 2 daily)
Vaasa – Tallinn (6 per week)
Oulu – Tallinn (6 per week)
Tallinn – Stockholm Bromma, Sweden (up to 3 daily)
Mike Rutter, Managing Director Flybe Europe comments: “We are delighted to welcome those travelling to and from the Pirkanmaa region 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 to one of the region’s most popular destinations without having to make a time-consuming connection in Helsinki. 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.“
Juha-Pekka Pystynen, CEO of Finavia adds: “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 such as Tampere but also strengthens Helsinki Airport’s position as a popular transfer hub between Europe and Asia.”
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.
Concludes Mr Rutter: “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!”