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28 October 2011

Flybe starts operating brand new Tartu – Helsinki route

Finland’s newest airline starts operating its first ever Winter Schedule on Sunday 30th October opening the new Tartu - Helsinki route with choice of up to 6 flights a week as part of extensive new regional schedule


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, re-establishing international air connections from Tartu following Air Baltic’s withdrawal in August.  Flybe will now offer up to six flights a week to Helsinki with one way fares from 39 Euros including taxes and charges. 

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.  Six of these new routes are to and from Estonia, five serving the country’s capital, Tallinn.  Beyond Helsinki, Flybe’s partnership with Finnair offers even more convenient opportunities for passengers to travel conveniently between Tartu and the world. 

The 9 other new routes in Flybe’s network are as follows:

Tallinn - Tampere (up to 2 daily)
Tallinn – Turku (up to 2 daily)
Tallinn – Vaasa (6 per week)
Tallinn – Oulu (6 per week)
Tallinn – Stockholm Bromma, Sweden (up to 3 daily)
Helsinki – Mariehamn, Aland (up to 2 daily) 
Helsinki – Jyväskylä (up to 3 daily )
Helsinki – Trondheim, Norway (4 per week)
Helsinki – Umea, Sweden (4 per week)

Mike Rutter, Managing Director Flybe Europe comments: “We are delighted to welcome those travelling to and from Tartu 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.“

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.

“This weekend marks yet another important milestone for the Flybe brand and moves us one step closer to becoming the preferred regional airline for the Nordic and Baltic region. Welcome on board!”