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FLYBE CONFIRMS NEW INTERNATIONAL ROUTE FROM DUNDEE TO AMSTERDAM

Leading regional airline announces details of brand new daily flight to Netherlands under UK Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund with special introductory one way fare from £19.99

25th February 2016

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, has today (25th February 2016) confirmed details of a new year round service between Dundee and Amsterdam Schiphol Airports that will operate six times a week as part of its 2016 Summer schedule, with travel effective from 23rd May, 2016.  Tickets are available for booking now at www.flybe.com with limited time one way fares from £19.99 including taxes and charges,
This is the third route Flybe has announced under the UK Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund* and residents of Dundee now have the opportunity to travel direct from regional Scotland to this key European city and major global transport hub for the comparable cost of a standard train ticket to Glasgow!  

 

SCHEDULE FOR NEW FLYBE ROUTE AMSTERDAM (AMS) – DUNDEE (DND)
Effective for travel from 23rd May
Mon - Fri
Dep AMS 1050 Arr DND 1155     Dep DND 1225 Arr AMS 1525
Sun
Dep AMS 1030 Arr DND 1135     Dep DND 1215 Arr AMS 1515

 

UK Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill said: “It is fantastic to see Flybe launch this new service between Dundee and Amsterdam, giving the Scottish city its first international route. Our smaller airports are vital engines for local economies, connecting the UK and overseas destinations and opening up opportunities. That is why the UK Government is backing new regional air routes with £7m of funding to drive investment and boost growth across the country.”

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer added: “We are pleased to be the first airline to provide Dundee travellers with this crucial international air link. It  is a another example of our ongoing commitment to strengthening our position as the airline of choice for customers who have a need for travel but live in areas not well served by other airlines.”

Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of Dundee Airport operator HIAL, said: “We are delighted that Flybe’s new Dundee to Amsterdam route is now on sale.  This has been a priority target for Dundee Airport for some time and we are grateful to our partners Dundee City Council and Transport Scotland for their support, and to Flybe for showing confidence in Dundee. This is a significant milestone for the airport and the city. It gives Dundee its first international route as well as access to one of Europe’s biggest and best connected hub airports. The new route offers business and leisure travellers fast, convenient links to hundreds of destinations worldwide and, crucially, creates new opportunities for inward investment and inbound tourism at an exciting time for the city. With the support of the people of Dundee and Tayside, I believe this route could be transformational for the city and its airport.”

Commenting further, Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay added: “This is really exciting news for Dundee and I congratulate everyone involved with bringing this new high-profile service to the city. The link to Amsterdam will bring huge benefits to Scottish businesses by improving access to global markets. Schiphol is a much sought after global hub airport, offering onward connections to hundreds of destinations around the world.  The announcement demonstrates a real confidence in Dundee Airport as well as the city, its catchment and all they have to offer.

“It will also give inbound travellers even more options when it comes to getting a taste of the fantastic tourist experience on offer in Scotland. I wish Dundee Airport and Flybe every success with this new route and look forward to it getting off the ground later this year.”

 

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Notes to Editors:
*With the aim of providing improved connectivity with new transport connections for businesses and passengers from their local areas, the UK Department for Transport last year published a shortlist of new international and domestic routes to and from UK regional airports handling fewer than five million passengers a year. The Department then invited representations from interested parties interested in operating any of the routes commercially, and overall Flybe was successful in securing nearly half, of which Dundee to Amsterdam is one.

Additional quotes:

  1. Lena Wilson, Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise, said: “Amsterdam is a major European hub and link with Dundee would have tremendous tourism and business benefits for the city and the wider Tayside area. We congratulate everyone involved in bringing new international trading opportunities to Dundee through this new link”.
  1. Leader of Dundee City Council Ken Guild said: “A considerable amount of time and effort has gone into bringing this exciting new route to Dundee Airport. I am sure that leisure and business travellers alike will be keen to use this link to one of Europe’s biggest hub airports either to connect with onward flights or to stay in the Netherlands. Equally it also offers visitors from the continent a new gateway to Scotland creating opportunities for businesses in Dundee to tap into that fresh market generated by tourism and trade traffic.”

 

Issued by the Flybe press office:  T: 0845 675 0681    E:[email protected]

About Flybe
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 of 75 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)