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Flybe’s Rennes to London Southend service commence

5th June 2014

- Airline aims to fly 165,000 passengers to and from Rennes within three years
- Double daily return services from September.

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

Rennes passengers departed on the first service at 17:55, following the arrival earlier of the first London Southend passengers.

The new daily service, with one-way fares from €34.99 including taxes and charges, aims to carry 50,000 passengers in its first full year, increasing to 165,000 passengers within three years.

From September, customers on this new route can avail of double daily return flights, meaning business and leisure passengers in Brittany can now fly to London in the morning and return home the same day (see full schedule below).

The airline’s Chief Commercial Officer, who was in Rennes to mark the occasion, said he was delighted that the new service was now successfully underway.

Simon Fagan, Chief Commercial Officer, Stobart Air said:

“We are delighted at the commencement of this new route between Rennes and London Southend, 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. We expect this interest to increase further once we move to double daily services in September, particularly among those who wish to make same day return trips."

Gilles Tellier, Director of Rennes and Dinard Airports, added:

"The opening of this new route between Rennes and London Southend presents great potential for the region in areas of tourism and commerce. Such convenient, regular access to the city of London will benefit many Bretons seeking to enjoy a day of shopping and sightseeing, and do business. This route will only serve to benefit both regions and I look forward to continuing our fruitful relationship with Flybe over the next few years and beyond."

Schedule (all times local)

Daily from 5 June 2014 to 2 July 2014

Airport Departure time Airport Arrival time
London Southend 15:15 Rennes 17:30
Rennes 17:55 London Southend 18:15

Mon-Sat, 3 July 2014 to 31 August 2014

Airport Departure time Airport Arrival time
London Southend 15:15 Rennes 17:30
Rennes 17:55 London Southend 18:35

Sun, 3 July 2014 to 28 March 2015

Airport Departure time Airport Arrival time
London Southend 0800 Rennes 1015
Rennes 1040 London Southend 1055
London Southend1 1905 Rennes 2120

Mon-Sat, 1 September 2014 to 28 March 2015

Airport Departure time Airport Arrival time
Rennes 07:15 London Southend 07:30
London Southend 11:40 Rennes 13:55
Rennes 14:20 London Southend 14:40
London Southend2 18:40 Rennes 20:55

1 Operates from 1 September 2014 to 28 March 2015
2 Operates Mon-Fri only

For further information:

Flybe (operated by Stobart Air) - Dan Pender +353 (0)87 231 3415 / dan@pr360.ie

Rennes Airport - Fanny Charles +33 (0)2 99296065 / fcharles@aeroport.rennes.fr , Nathalie Fortineau +33 (0)2 99296040 / nfortineau@aeroport.rennes.fr

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 Rennes and Dinard Airports

Rennes Airport serves 120 destinations throughout the year in direct scheduled flights, non-stop flights and charter flights. 16 cities are served by direct scheduled flights: Paris (Roissy-CDG), Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Nice, Ajaccio, Figari, Bordeaux, Barcelona, Palma, Porto, Southampton, Dublin, cork, Exeter and Manchester. Seasonal services are operated to Corsica and Ireland. Rennes is also the 7th regional platform for French freight. In 2013, Rennes Airport welcomed 481,271 passengers and transported 12,100 tons of cargo.

Dinard Airport serves London Stansted, East Mindlands, Leeds Bradford and Guernsey. In 2013, the two platforms' traffic reached a combined 612,087 passengers and increased by 3.3%.

Since 2010, Rennes and Dinard's operating company, which VINCI Airports owns a 49% stake alongside the CCI and CCI Rennes Saint- Malo Ferns, is the concessionaire for a period 14 years and 10 months.