Having just been named the top UK airline for punctuality by consumer watchdog Which?,* and as rail passengers reel from the major disruption to services experienced over the past few days, Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, is highlighting the convenience and value for money that its flying option offers. Research has proved that, as well as being faster, eight out of ten Flybe routes are cheaper on average than those operated by rail. **
Regulated train fares are set to increase by an average 2.2 per cent on 2nd January 2015. This includes season tickets, single walk-up fares and off-peak services on long distance journeys.
This increase will have a significant financial impact on rail travellers and their household budgets as many face the reality of having to pay hundreds of pounds more for annual train fares with no visible improvement in service. In some cases, the 2015 rail fare increase will be more than the average annual pay rise.
Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, explains: “With the significant annual increase in rail fares, flying is becoming an even more attractive option. Flybe offers the most comprehensive choice of domestic routes connecting the UK regions that now includes routes to London City.
“We have validated data which clearly shows that flying with Flybe is faster and cheaper on average than the train on eight out of ten of our routes – and that was before the latest train fare increases!”
Mr Simmons added: “Flybe is proud to have been recognised by Which? as the most punctual UK airline. At a time when travellers are looking at spending their money wisely and getting to where they want to be on time, the smarter choice has never been clearer. Our extensive network of UK routes is unrivalled and we continue to assess our services to ensure passengers are able to get from A to Flybe as quickly as possible.”
*Which? Report published 29th December 2014
** Based on average price of Flybe tickets and all equivalent rail journeys when bought 14 days in advance. Research conducted 19 & 26 November 2014
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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)