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Leading regional airline says travellers are increasingly choosing to ‘let the plane take the strain’

22nd March 2016

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, is reporting additional demand on many of the 1,605 flights across the 125 domestic and European routes it will operate throughout the upcoming Easter holiday weekend (25th – 28th March, 2016). With more choice through increased frequency and new summer routes from Exeter, Cardiff and Doncaster Sheffield airports starting early to accommodate Easter travel, Flybe is championing Easter travel.

More people are choosing to take to the skies and instead fly over the widespread road and rail travel chaos threatening road and rail travel from the 450 engineering projects affecting all Britain’s main line train routes and 10,000 miles of the UK road network that will be ‘coned’ over the same period. Replacement bus services will make some journeys three times as long and cancelled trains on Easter Sunday, according to one report*, ‘will be bad news for the 250,000 fans attempting to watch the Boat Race live’.

The airline’s longer-distance domestic routes, such as those to and from London City and from Scottish airports including Aberdeen and Glasgow, and to and from the airline’s Manchester hub, are particularly popular – and often cheaper*. Flybe will operate 587 flights across 31 routes to and from these four airports over the four-day weekend alone.

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer comments: “The hassle-free value and the convenience that flying can offer is proving a serious consideration factor with families travelling at Easter. 98 percent of our flying is under 90 minutes, with an average flight time of just 53 minutes – and what is more, 53% of our routes offer a choice of more than two flights a day. Principal alternatives namely road, rail or ferries, typically take three to eight hours longer on the same routes – and even longer during peak holiday periods.”

By way of example, you can fly between Southampton and Aberdeen via Flybe’s Manchester hub in just two hours and 55 minutes, with a choice of up to five flights a day, with one way fares available from less than £70 including taxes and charges.


Southampton (SOU)
to Manchester
Manchester to
Aberdeen (ABZ)
TimeO/W CostTimeO/W Cost
Fly1h05m£49.491h15m£49.492h55m (inc MAN transfer)
*Through fare £85.98 (=less £13 APD MAN-ABD sector)
Rail4h 36m£55.055h51m£110.3010h27m - £165.
Road4h20m£35.505h30m£55.229h50m - £90.72

NOTE: Based on web search booking prices 1400 Friday 18th March 2016: JourneyPrice Calculator

Slightly further afield, Flybe’s top five performing UK to Europe routes this Easter are to Amsterdam from Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton; and to Paris Charles de Gaulle from Birmingham and Manchester.

* The Times 21st March 2016


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Notes to Editors:

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 216 routes serving 10 countries from 75 departure points, 37 UK/38 European airports* (all routes on sale Mar ’16 – Oct ‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Feb ’15 – Jan‘16); 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 Jan ’16); 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 three franchise partners, Loganair, Stobart Air and Blue Islands making it only UK airline brand with 72% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Jan ’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)