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FLYBE TO OPEN NEW BASE AT BOURNEMOUTH AIRPORT

12 NOVEMBER 2014

Leading regional airline to operate up to 10 brand new routes for Summer 2015 with choice of up to 106 flights a week

 

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, is pleased to announce that it will open based operations at Bournemouth Airport with effect from 29th March 2015.

Two 78-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft will be deployed to meet demand for key routes to and from Bournemouth.  The airline’s Summer 2015 schedule will start with a new year-round, double daily service between Bournemouth and Glasgow.

In addition Flybe will, from May 2015, operate a number of additional new routes to include Amsterdam, Manchester, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Jersey, Dublin, Deauville (Normandy) Toulon and Biarritz.  One way fares, available for booking now at www.flybe.com, are from £24.99 including taxes and charges.

Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are pleased to be opening based operations at Bournemouth Airport.  Bolstering regional connectivity remains our number one aim.  Serving the Dorset coastline builds on Flybe’s strong regional presence.”

Paul Knight, Managing Director at Bournemouth Airport added: “The whole team at Bournemouth is absolutely delighted to welcome Flybe to the airport. The announcement is a clear indication of Flybe’s confidence and commitment in Bournemouth's standing as a key airport for the South West. The new routes could potentially create an increase of 300,000 passengers and up to 50 new jobs at the airport.

“The new routes to Manchester, Amsterdam and Paris are perfect for a mix of leisure and business passengers, looking to connect to these major hubs for meetings and short breaks, They will also provide excellent onward connections to the rest of the world. And I know that the return of a Glasgow route will be welcomed by many travellers wishing to travel north of the border.

"Most importantly this is excellent news for our local tourism industry as the routes will attract a significant number of visitors coming into this area on holiday.  Combined with the additional European services, Bournemouth Airport is now well placed to serve the region’s growing future travel demands.”  
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For further press information, or to arrange an interview, please contact the Flybe press office:
T: 0845 675 0681 E: pressoffice@flybe.com
 
Notes to editors
Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 170 routes serving 16 countries from 87 departure points, 36 UK/51 European airports* (all routes on sale Nov ’14 – Sep ‘15);
operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UKCAA Oct’13 - Sep ’14); is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Belfast City, Birmingham, Exeter, Inverness, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports (UK CAA Sep ’14); operates 69 aircraft – 45 Bombardier Q400, 13 Embraer 195 & 11 E175; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, KLM and Finnair; has two franchise partners, Loganair and Stobart Air 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: and six routes and five airports exclusively operated by franchise partner, Stobart Air)