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Leading regional airline points to emerging trend with domestic travellers realising it’s quicker and easier to ‘let the plane take the strain’

8th April 2016

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, reports the emergence of a new domestic travel trend as travellers start to realise that flying is a quicker and more convenient alternative to road or rail.* This is becoming particularly evident over peak holiday periods when travelling long distances and wanting to avoid the chaos that is increasingly plaguing the UK road and rail networks at such times.

Over the Easter holiday period (25th- 28th March 2016), 450 engineering projects severely affected all of Britain’s main line train routes and 10,000 ‘coned’ miles across the UK road network blighted even the best-laid travel plans. Meanwhile, Flybe operated 1,613 flights with an average flight time of 53 minutes.
With the May Bank holidays just weeks away, travellers are again being warned that rail and road travel will be equally as difficult. To illustrate that Flybe is faster than road or rail, the airline is taking to the streets of Aberdeen this weekend offering people the chance to test the convenience out for themselves with the offer of 20% off flights to Manchester.

A journey from Aberdeen to Manchester by road or rail normally takes well over five hours in comparison to just one hour and thirty-five minutes with Flybe that operates a choice of up to six flights a day between the two cities.

Flybe’s successful Manchester hub continues to become increasingly popular with passengers taking advantage of by-passing congested London airports to make more seamless onward connections. Using the hubs as a convenient ‘One Stop to the World’ proposition, this can be either onward with other Flybe regional services or farther afield to an extensive selection of long haul destinations through its various codeshare partners when booked via a travel agent. Flybe has recently secured a codeshare with Virgin Atlantic so Aberdeen travellers can now book seamless flights to even more international destinations including Orlando, Las Vegas, and the Caribbean.


 Manchester (MAN)  to  Aberdeen (ABZ)
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NOTE: Based on web search booking prices 0900 Friday 8th April 2016: JourneyPrice Calculator


Price Comparison over Easter Weekend with travel on Friday 25th March, 2016

 Manchester (MAN)  to  Aberdeen (ABZ)
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NOTE: Based on web search booking prices 1400 Friday 18th March 2016: JourneyPrice Calculator


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

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)