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 re-instating the former Finnair-operated lifeline route between Helsinki and Jyväskylä. Flybe will now offer a choice of up to three flights a day and 34 flights a week on the route with one way fares from 39 Euros including taxes and charges; and until the end of this year, Flybe passengers will also be able to take advantage of free parking at Jyväskylä airport.
Flybe’s extensive winter schedule features a total of 25 routes, including 10 that are brand new, giving passengers a choice of up to 500 flights a week.
The 10 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)
Tallinn – Tampere (up to 2 per day)
Mike Rutter, Managing Director Flybe Europe comments: “We are delighted to welcome those travelling to and from the Jyväskylä area 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, with fast connections to the rest of the world via Helsinki, 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 Jyväskylä 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.
Mr Rutter concludes: “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!”