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Flybe’s Münster Osnabrück to London Southend service commences

5th June 2014

First passengers take-off as daily service aims to fly 100,000 passengers within three years.

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, today commenced its new Münster Osnabrück to London Southend service operated by its franchise partner, Stobart Air.

Münster Osnabrück passengers departed on the first service at 10:50, following the arrival earlier that morning of the first London Southend passengers.

The new daily service, with one-way fares from €34.99 including taxes and charges, aims to carry 25,000 passengers in its first full year, increasing to 100,000 passengers within three years.

London Southend is London’s newest airport and was recently recognised by consumers as the best airport in the United Kingdom. It is only 53 minutes by train to Liverpool Street Station in the centre of London, and 40 minutes by rail to Stratford Station which connects to London City’s financial district.

The airline’s Head of Revenue Management who was in Münster Osnabrück to mark the occasion, said he was delighted that the new service was now successfully underway.

Phil Collings, Head of Revenue Management, Stobart Air said:

“We are delighted to reintroduce a London Southend service to the people of Münster and Osnabrück and look forward to today’s passengers being the first of thousands who will experience our services in the years ahead. ‘Bookings for this new route have been strong since they were first announced in April. We are seeing a growing response from both leisure and business passengers who are attracted by competitive prices, convenient schedules and the efficiency of London Southend Airport.

Professor Gerd Stöwer, CEO of Münster Osnabrück International Airport said:

“Today marks an important day for Münster Osnabrück International Airport as it welcomes its first passengers from London with this Flybe service. Having a direct link to the capital of the United Kingdom has enormous potential for businesses in the area. I look forward to having a successful partnership with Flybe on this route in the years to come.”

For further information:

Flybe (operated by Stobart Air) - Jonathan McDade +353 (0)87 625 3551 / jonathan@pr360.ie

Münster Osnabrück Airport - Detlef Döbberthin +49-2571-94-15 50 / detlef.doebberthin@fmo.de

Schedule (all times are local)

Daily from 5 June 2014 to 25 March 2015

Airport Departure time Airport Arrival time
London Southend 08:00 Münster Osnabrück 10:25
Münster Osnabrück 10:50 London Southend 11:15

About London Southend Airport

Over £120 million has been invested in by owners Stobart Group since it was acquired in 2008. New facilities include a train station on the London Liverpool Street, an Air Traffic Control Tower, terminal building, runway extension, 4-star Holiday Inn and radar. To support the airport’s rapid growth, work on a £10 million extension to the terminal has just been completed. London Southend Airport currently has departures each week to Amsterdam, Alicante, Barcelona, Berlin, Faro, Geneva, Ibiza, Jersey, Krakow, Malaga, Mallorca, Tenerife and Venice with easyJet. Aer Lingus also has three daily return services between London Southend and Dublin, where travellers are able to take advantage of transatlantic connections to Boston, Chicago, New York, Orlando, San Francisco and Toronto. London Southend Airport was recently named best airport in Britain in the Which? airport passenger survey. More at www.southendairport.com

About Stobart Air

Stobart Air, a franchise flying specialist, operates 764 flights per week across 33 routes from 22 departure points throughout the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Holland and Ireland. The airline, which employs 420 people, operates services for Flybe and Aer Lingus under franchise flying agreements. Stobart Air is owned by the Stobart Group along with other investors. Stobart Group’s aviation assets comprise London Southend Airport; Carlisle Lake District Airport; Stobart Air; plus air freight, maintenance and airport services.

About Flybe

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 179 routes serving 15 countries from 84 departure points, 35 UK/49 European airports* (all routes on sale Mar ’14 – Oct ‘14); is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Belfast City, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, the Isle of Man, Inverness, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports (UK CAA Feb ’13 - Jan ’14); operates 68 aircraft – 43 Bombardier Q400, 14 Embraer 195 & 11 E175; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, KLM; and was Amsterdam Schiphol’s Airline of the Year 2012 Europe.

* Flown under the Flybe brand (26 routes/13 airports exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair)

About Münster Osnabrück Airport

Münster/Osnabrück is an international airport in the northwest of Germany close to the Dutch border. It covers an attractive catchment area in the Northrhine-Westfalian and Lower-Saxonian region in Germany as well as the eastern parts of the nearby Netherlands. The cities of Münster and Osnabrück are each 25 km´s away from the airport. They are excellent and fast to reach over the motorway A1 which is linked via a direct access to the airport. In addition to this frequent buses operate between the airport and the cities. Münster/Osnabrück International Airport has approximately 900.000 annual passengers and offers his passengers a relaxing atmosphere with short ways in a functional terminal building.