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FLYBE’S EXPANDED WINTER SCHEDULE FROM MANCHESTER FEATURES NEW ROUTE TO ROTTERDAM THE HAGUE

Leading regional airline announces brand new multi-frequency service to Rotterdam as part of extensive 2015-16 Winter programme

29th October 2015

Leading regional airline announces brand new multi-frequency service to Rotterdam as part of extensive 2015-16 Winter programme

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has confirmed its commitment to Manchester with the announcement today (29th October 2015) of a brand new, year round multi-frequency service to Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Flights will operate twice daily during the week, and once a day at weekends with the service effective for travel from Monday, 8th February 2016. Seats are available for booking now through to the end of the 2015-16 Winter programme on 26th March 2016 with one way fares from £38.99, including taxes and charges.

The new route joins the 16 others the airline will operate to and from its Manchester hub featured in its 2015 -16 Winter schedule from Manchester with a choice of up to 662 flights a week. The Winter programme also includes up to five flights a day on the airline’s popular Amsterdam route; extra flights to both Paris Charles de Gaulle, Aberdeen, Hannover and Dusseldorf; plus the airline’s route to Nantes in regional France will operate over Christmas and New Year.

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.

Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, comments: “This brand new route to Rotterdam The Hague opens up another new destination for Flybe from Manchester. We are committed to offering the widest possible range of flights from local airports and we look forward to welcoming all our new passengers on board next year.”

Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport said: “We are delighted to see the new route to Rotterdam with Flybe, which strengthens the airline's offering from the UK’s Global Gateway from the North.

“We are seeing more and more passengers ‘Fly Manchester’, which is evident after our most successful year on record where 22.9m passengers currently travel through the UK’s third biggest airport. We are sure the new route will prove to be popular with all the people in our catchment area.”

Flybe’s new partnership with Skyscanner, a leading global travel search engine makes its ‘One Stop to the World’ proposition a convenient reality with bookings that can now be instantly made via a direct link from its website www.flybe.com. This powerful bespoke search tool calculates all options available for flying to selected long haul destinations from many of the key regional airports served by Flybe. It details all possible itineraries, timings and convenient connections.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF FLYBE 2015-16 WINTER SCHEDULE FROM MANCHESTER

  • Aberdeen - extra flight added Tue/Thurs/Sat, route now operates up to 37 flights per week
  • Amsterdam - Increased from two to five flights a day Monday to Friday; and up to three flights a day at weekends, route now operates up to 31 flights per week. This is more than any other airline operating this popular route
  • Dusseldorf – extra flight added Monday – Friday, route now operates up to 21 flights per week
  • Hannover - extra morning flight Monday to Friday, route now operates up to 11 per week
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle - extra afternoon flight Monday to Friday
  • Nantes – Tuesdays and Saturdays over peak Christmas and New Year

Full details are available at www.flybe.com

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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)