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FLYBE ANNOUNCES NEW ROUTE TO ROTTERDAM THE HAGUE FROM BIRMINGHAM

Leading regional airline announces brand new multi-frequency service to Rotterdam and starts operating extensive 2015-16 Winter Schedule

29th October 2015

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has today (29th October 2015) announced a brand new, year round multi-frequency service to Rotterdam The Hague Airport from its Birmingham hub. The new route will operate twice daily during the week and once a day on Saturdays and Sundays. Seats, available for travel from 5th September 2016, can be booked following the announcement of Flybe’s 2016 Summer schedule on 10th November. One way fares will be from £34.99 including taxes and charges.

In particular, the new route will also provide convenient connections for passengers travelling via the airline’s Birmingham hub to or from Belfast, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Rotterdam The Hague Airport is located 20-25 minutes equidistant from Rotterdam, Netherlands’ ‘second city’, and the country’s seat of government in The Hague with frequent speedy connections allowing speedy access to these two key destinations. Rotterdam is an important commercial hub and, with a renowned maritime heritage, is also Europe’s largest cargo port. Flights have been timed to particularly accommodate business travel offering the opportunity for convenient day returns, as well as to attract the leisure traveller wanting to enjoy the cities’ lively cultural scenes, numerous museums and dynamic nightlife.

The news reinforces Flybe’s commitment to Birmingham following the start of its 2015-16 Winter flying programme that took off on Sunday (25th October 2015) featuring 17 routes offering a total choice of up to 710 flights a week through to 26th March, 2016.

With increased flights, highlights of Flybe’s expanded Winter Schedule from Birmingham includes:

  • Amsterdam: Extra flights during peak winter periods including an extra morning rotation on and operating up to five times a day
  • Chambery: Popular weekly Saturday ski service returns from 19th December
  • Dusseldorf: Extra morning flight taking up to five flights a day
  • Edinburgh: Up to eight flights a day Mon-Fri
  • Glasgow: Up to eight flights a day
  • Hannover: Extra choice of up to 13 flights a week
  • Milan: Extra choice of up to 14 flights a week
  • Stuttgart: From February 29th, 2016 there is an extra lunchtime flight during the week expanding the choice up to 16 flights a week

Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, comments: “Our brand new route to Rotterdam The Hague starting next September is a brand new destination for Flybe and we look forward to welcoming all our new passengers on board.

“The diversity and added frequency to our Winter programme this year demonstrates our commitment in providing unrivalled regional connections and onward seamless travel through our codeshare partners to the rest of the world particularly via our Birmingham hub.”

William Pearson, Aviation Development Director, Birmingham Airport, said: “As our largest carrier, we are extremely pleased to see Flybe adding Rotterdam to its route network from Birmingham, particularly with a double daily service to allow business travellers to return on the same day. Birmingham Airport acts as a hub for services to and from other Flybe UK airports so we look forward to welcoming passengers travelling point to point, or through Birmingham, to access this new Flybe destination to Rotterdam.”

Birmingham is an important hub for Flybe from where it maintains its position as the largest scheduled airline measured by the number of air traffic movements. Passengers are increasingly taking advantage of travelling via Birmingham to by-pass congested London airports and make more convenient, seamless onward connections regionally with Flybe and also to a wide selection of long haul destinations through its various codeshare partners.

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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)