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Europe’s leading regional airline reports 77% increase in sales this week to London from Exeter, Newquay and Cardiff as disrupted rail customers rush for faster, more convenient travel options

24th November 2016

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has reported a 77% increase in last-minute sales this week* for its routes from Cardiff and Exeter to London City, and Newquay to London Gatwick airports following the massive disruption to national rail services resulting from the havoc wreaked by Storm Angus. Disrupted travellers scrambled to find faster, more convenient travel options particularly traversing England and Wales and flights filled up quickly.

Heavy flooding damaged and blocked railway lines causing many cancellations particularly for those travelling between Cardiff, Exeter, Newquay and London, putting many important business meetings and early Christmas shopping trips in jeopardy.

Flights on the airline’s new twice-daily Cardiff to London City route provided a much-needed option for last minute day return bookings that, with an average flight time of one hour (with a record journey time of 35 minutes!), now offers a speedy alternative travel option into the heart of London since it started in September.

Daily flights between Exeter and London City, and multi-daily services from Newquay to London Gatwick have also seen additional demand with flights full to capacity as South West travellers seek alternative ways to avoid the delays on the damaged London to Penzance rail line at Exeter.

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, comments: “Flybe is committed to providing vital year-round connections across the UK regions. The additional demand for our services during times of road, rail and ferry chaos indicates the vital role that we play in keeping communities connected. With travel disruption forecast through planned engineering works already announced over the upcoming festive season, those looking to take to the skies should book now to take advantage of the lowest possible fares during this busy time to avoid getting caught out.”

Flybe’s full 2016-17 Winter schedule is available at