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 with a brand new route from Trondheim and Helsinki. The airline is operating four flights a week to the Finnish capital with fares from 49 Euros one way including taxes and charges.
Flybe’s extensive winter schedule features in total 25 routes, 10 of which are brand new, giving passengers a choice of up to 500 regional flights a week. Flybe’s flights from Trondheim are specially timed to offer passengers easy connections to Flybe’s own Finnish route network and the worldwide network offered by Flybe’s partner, Finnair.
In addition to Flybe’s domestic network from Helsinki serving Kemi-Tornio, Kokkola-Pietarsaari, Pori, Seinajoki, Savonlinna, and Varkaus, the 10 new routes in Flybe’s network are as follows:
Trondheim – Helsinki (4 per week)
Helsinki - Umeå (4 per week)
Helsinki – Tartu (up to 6 per week)
Helsinki – Mariehamn, Aland (up to 2 daily)
Helsinki – Jyväskylä (up to 3 daily)
Stockholm Bromma – Tallinn (up to 3 daily)
Tallinn - Tampere (up to 2 per day)
Tallinn – Turku (up to 2 daily)
Tallinn – Vaasa (6 per week)
Tallinn – Oulu (6 per week)
Mike Rutter, Managing Director Flybe Europe comments: “We are delighted to welcome on board those travelling to and from Trondheim and Helsinki 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.
Mr Rutter adds: “We have all been working hard to ensure that everything is ready for our first passengers. 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 becoming the preferred regional airline for the Nordic and Baltic region. Welcome on board!”