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FLYBE LAUNCHES BRAND NEW ROUTE FROM MANCHESTER TO ROTTERDAM

 

Leading regional airline’s new double daily service the only route from the UK to Rotterdam the Hague outside of London

8th February 2016

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has today (8th February 2016) established a presence at Rotterdam The Hague Airport with its inaugural flight from Manchester marking the start of this new double daily service. It is the only route from the UK to Rotterdam The Hague outside of London. The new route offers two flights a day on weekdays, morning flights on Saturdays, and an afternoon service on a Sunday. Flights are available for booking at www.flybe.com with introductory one way fares currently available from £19.99 including taxes and charges.

Following an official send off by Commercial Director of Manchester Airport Stephen Turner, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, Vincent Hodder joined the first passengers for the inaugural flight.  They were welcomed at Rotterdam The Hague with a traditional water arc and personally greeted on arrival by Ron Louwerse, CEO of Rotterdam The Hague Airport.

Mr Hodder said: “Flybe is delighted to offer this new double daily service to Rotterdam The Hague from our Manchester hub.  We are really pleased by the customer response to our conveniently timed flights that offer time-saving travel between these two key European cities. We are not only seeing bookings from those obviously travelling for business but weekend travel is also proving extremely popular, with our first Friday flight filling up fast.  It bodes well for the future as we seek to offer our Manchester customers an even wider choice of flights from their local airport and also as we establish a presence at Rotterdam the Hague.”   

Stephen Turner, Commercial Director for Manchester Airport, said: “I’m delighted that today sees Flybe’s inaugural flight between Manchester Airport and Rotterdam. This new service will offer the 22 million people in our catchment area direct links to a fantastic city that offers passengers a wealth of attractions to visit as well as access to its thriving business district and the nearby city of The Hague.”

Taking just 90-minutes, Flybe’s flights are conveniently timed for day return business travel giving customers quick and easy access for onward travel from the airport that has excellent transport connections to The Hague, home to the Netherland’s seat of government.  Weekend flights are also proving popular for leisure travel, with late afternoon flights on a Friday, returning Sunday evening, allowing travellers the opportunity to take advantage of a full relaxing weekend away.

NEW ROUTE SCHEDULE MANCHESTER (MAN) – ROTTERDAM (RTM)

Effective for travel from 8th February, 2016

Mon-Fri
Dep MAN 0700 Arr RTM 0930Dep RTM 0955 Arr MAN 1035
Dep MAN 1630 Arr RTM 1900Dep RTM 1925 Arr MAN 1950
Sat
Dep MAN 0700 Arr RTM 0930Dep RTM 0955 Arr MAN 1035
Sun
Dep MAN 1805 Arr RTM 2035Dep RTM 2100 Arr MAN 2130

 

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Issued by the Flybe press office:T: 0845 675 0681 E: [email protected]
Notes to Editors:
Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 194 routes serving 10 countries from 72 departure points, 37 UK/35 European airports* (all routes on sale Jan ’16 – Oct ‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Dec ’14 – Nov‘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, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports(UK CAA Nov’15);operates fleet of75 aircraft – 52 Bombardier Q400, 9 Embraer 195, 11 E175 & 3 ATR 72s; 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 71% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Nov ’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 (31 routes/11 airports exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair: and 3 routes and 3 airports exclusively operated by franchise partner, Stobart Air)