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Leading regional airline announces year-round summer sun and winter ski routes for Exeter and Norwich customers

8 October 2015

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, has today confirmed plans to operate year-round sun and winter ski routes from Exeter and Norwich airports, part of the Regional & City Airports (RCA) group.

With effect from 24th March, 2016, the 118-seat E195 aircraft will operate multi-weekly flights from Exeter and Norwich to Alicante and Malaga, and from Exeter to Faro and Palma  Mallorca. 

Seats will be on sale from November 10th with the release of Flybe’s 2016 Summer schedule at
In addition, with effect from its Winter 2016 programme, Flybe will also boost frequency to Geneva from Exeter and introduce Geneva as a new route from Norwich.

Saad Hammad, CEO, Flybe said: "We are delighted to have reached this agreement with the Rigby Group which owns Exeter and Norwich Airports for the productive utilisation of another of our modern Embraer jets.

“We are very pleased that, as a result of our partnership, we will be able to better serve our customers at Exeter and Norwich. There continues to be strong demand for our sun routes as a year-round product and, as an added benefit, we look forward to now extending this offering to the East Anglian market with great value fares on these very popular services.”

Sir Peter Rigby, Chairman and Founder of RCA owners Rigby Group, added: “This milestone agreement is a concrete result and guarantees the continued operation of year-round winter and summer holiday routes from Exeter and Norwich. I am confident that this announcement, which provides tangible proof of the exciting future facing both airports, will be just first of many positive developments.”

Notes to editors:
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About Flybe:

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 149 routes serving 9 countries from 62 departure points, 34 UK/28 European airports* (all routes on sale Oct ’15 – Mar ‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Sep ’14 – Aug ‘15); named top UK airline for punctuality in report issued by UK consumer watchdog Which? (Dec 2014); is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Belfast City, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Exeter, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports (UK CAA Aug ’15); operates fleet of 69 aircraft – 49 Bombardier Q400, 9 Embraer 195 & 11 E175; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, KLM, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific and Emirates; has two franchise partners, Loganair and Stobart Air making it only UK airline brand with 74% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Aug’15); has own globally recognised Training Academy in Exeter with flight deck and cabin crew simulator facilities, 26 classrooms and 150-seat conference facility.

* Flown under the Flybe brand (28 routes/11 airports exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair: and 4 routes and 4 airports exclusively operated by franchise partner, Stobart Air)