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Leading regional airline’s new 2016 summer programme features new daily flights boosting links to regional France with low fares starting at £24.99

25th February 2016

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has today (25th February 2016) announced a brand new year-round service between Manchester and Lyon with daily flights starting on 1st August. Tickets are available for booking now at with one way fares from as low as £29.99 including taxes and charges.

Taking just 1hr 45 minute flight time, customers from Manchester will have direct links for the first time to this historic city that is renowned as a World Heritage Site and thriving cultural centre.  Lyon is also one of Europe’s major centres for the banking, chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries, making it a key business destination as well as an attractive one for tourists. It is also conveniently positioned for onward travel to Switzerland or Italy with Geneva under two hours’ drive away and Turin just under four.


Effective for travel from 1st August
Operates Daily
Dep MAN 1105  Arr LYS 1350   Dep LYS 1425  Arr MAN 1515
Dep MAN 1155  Arr LYS 1440   Dep LYS 1510  Arr MAN 1600


Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, Vincent Hodder, comments: “We are delighted to be expanding our choice of flights from our Manchester hub. Lyon is an appealing option for both business and leisure travellers with frequent daily flights that give customers the flexibility they need when arranging their travel plans.”

Stephen Turner, Commercial Director for Manchester Airport, adds: “We’re delighted that Flybe is announcing a daily link to Lyon, becoming the only airline to do so from Manchester.  A fantastic city in its own right, it also provides a gateway to the French Alps and we’re sure the route will prove hugely popular with the 22 million people in our catchment area.”

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Notes to Editors:
Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 206 routes serving 10 countries from 74 departure points, 37 UK/37 European airports* (all routes on sale Feb ’16 – Oct ‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Jan ’15 – Dec‘15); one of only two UK-based carriers in top 20 global airlines punctuality league table by OAG (Jan ’16) and named top UK airline for punctuality in report issued by UK consumer watchdog Which? (Dec 2014); named ‘Best Short-Haul Airline’ at the 2016 Business Travel Awards (Jan ‘16); 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 Dec ’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 76% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Dec ’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 (30 routes/11 airports exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair: and 3 routes and 3 airports exclusively operated by franchise partner, Stobart Air)