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FLYBE HOPES FOR SKY HIGH DONATIONS FOR CANCER RESEARCH UK

Leading regional airline asks passengers to dig deep for CRUK this June

31st May 2016

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, today begins a month-long on-board collection to raise vital research funds for its chosen charity partner, Cancer Research UK.  Since 2008, Flybe staff and customers have generously donated more than £630,000 to the charity to help in the fight to beat cancer sooner.

Passengers on all of the flights operated by Flybe this month will be invited to make a donation and bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. 

Cancer Research UK doctors, scientists and nurses have made consistent progress in the fight against cancer.  Today, two in four people will still be alive 10 years or more after a cancer diagnosis. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that number rises to three in four people by 2034, and Flybe wants to help make that a reality.

Saad Hammad, Flybe’s CEO, comments: “This is the eighth year of our partnership with Cancer Research UK and our staff and customers have given so generously to this special cause. In 2015 alone we raised £140,000 and we’d like 2016 to be another record breaking year for donations.”

Laura Skinner, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Cancer Research UK, adds: “We’re delighted that Flybe is supporting us again this month and hope to raise more than ever. Every time a Flybe passenger hands over their loose change we get that bit closer to our goal; we rely on donations to support our research and help us beat cancer sooner.”

Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its ground-breaking research.  So funds raised through supporters like Flybe and its customers is crucial to the work of the doctors, nurses and scientists who work day and night to fight cancer on all fronts.

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

Notes to Editors:

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org. You can also follow the organization on Twitter and Facebook.  To learn more about SunSmart, visit www.sunsmart.org.uk.

About Flybe:

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 214 routes serving 10 countries from 75 departure points, 36 UK/38 European airports* (all routes on sale Apr’16 – Jan‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Mar ’15 – Feb‘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 Feb ’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, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates; has three franchise partners, Loganair, Stobart Air and Blue Islands making it only UK airline brand with 70% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Feb’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)