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Flybe awards Birmingham and London Gatwick ground handling contracts to Menzies Aviation

18 January 2012

UK’s number one domestic airline signs three year deal at two of its biggest bases, commencing March 2012

Flybe, Europe's largest and most successful regional airline, has today announced the awarding of contracts for full ground handling services to Menzies Aviation, the aviation services division of John Menzies plc, at two of its biggest UK bases, Birmingham and London Gatwick.  The agreement is for a period of three years commencing on 31st March 2012 at both airports and will deliver significant savings for Flybe.

The contracts are a furtherance of an already successful relationship between Flybe and Menzies Aviation, who already provide similar services for the airline at Edinburgh, Glasgow, East Midlands and Luton airports. 

Andrew Strong, Flybe UK’s Director of Managing Director comments:

“Flybe is delighted to extend its successful relationship with Menzies Aviation. The company has served us well to date and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future at two of our busiest bases. As well as providing a high quality service that supports Flybe’s fast turnaround provision, the deal generates significant savings for Flybe as we look to proactively manage our cost base.”

Craig Smyth, Menzies Aviation’s Managing Director, said:

"We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the Flybe business in Gatwick and Birmingham.  We have had a relationship with Flybe for 5 years in the UK and to add these two stations to our joint portfolio gives both companies a strong platform for our future together and extends the excellent working relationship we have. This is a wonderful start to 2012.”

Flybe has grown rapidly at London Gatwick over the last five years to the point where it is now its third largest slot holder at the airport, is the largest domestic carrier by some distance, operating 10 routes and is the airport’s most punctual carrier. Flybe is Birmingham Airport’s largest scheduled, operating 22 routes and employs some 400 staff at the airport.