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28 October 2011

Flybe starts operating new route from Umeå

Finland’s newest airline starts operating its first ever Winter Schedule on Sunday 30th October with brand new route linking Umeå and Helsingfors with choice of up to four 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 with a brand new route between Umeå and Helsingfors.  The airline is operating four flights a week to the Finnish capital with fares from 39 Euros one way including taxes and charges.  

This new service from Umeå complements Flybe’s existing routes from Skellefteå to Karleby/Jakobstad and Helsingfors, increasing the total number of weekly flights between the Västerbotten region and Finland to 28.

Flybe’s extensive winter schedule features 25 routes, 5 of them from Sweden, giving passengers a choice of up to 500 regional flights a week.  This new flight from Umeå is specially timed to offer passengers easy connections to the worldwide network offered by Flybe’s partner Finnair.

Flybe is proud to serve the following routes from Sweden:

NEW ROUTE:  Umeå – Helsingfors (up to 4 per week)
NEW ROUTE:  Stockholm Bromma – Tallinn (up to 3 daily)
Skellefteå – Karleby/Jakobstad (up to 5 per week)
Skellefteå – Helsingfors (up to 5 per week via Karleby/Jakobstad)
Norrköping – Helsingfors (up to 2 daily)

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

Mariehamn, Aland – Helsingfors (up to 2 daily) 
Vaasa – Tallinn (up to 6 per week)
Turku – Tallinn  (up to 2 per day)
Tampere – Tallinn (up to 2 daily)
Tallinn – Oulu (6 per week)
Helsinki – Tartu, Estonia (up to 6 per week)
Helsinki – Jyväskylä (up to 3 per day )
Helsinki – Trondheim, Norway (4 per week)


Mike Rutter, Managing Director Flybe Europe comments: “We are delighted to welcome on board those travelling between Umeå and Helsingfors 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!”