25 July 2012
FLYBE CONFIRMS THREE NEW ROUTES FOR EAST MIDLANDS AIRPORT TO HELP FILL THE GAPS LEFT BY BMI BABY
Leading regional airline expands network to save links to international hubs of Amsterdam and Paris Charles de Gaulle plus Jersey offering total choice of up to extra 44 flights a week.
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has today confirmed details of the three new routes it will be adding to its already expanded schedule at East Midlands Airport; namely a choice of daily services to Amsterdam, double daily to Paris Charles de Gaulle, and a three times weekly flight to and from Jersey. The Amsterdam service is also planned to move to a double-daily service next summer.
Seats are on sale now at www.flybe.com for travel between 28th October and 31st March, 2013 with one way fares from £34.99 including taxes and charges.
The move will see the airline basing aircraft at the airport for the first time starting with the arrival of one of its popular 2x2 seat 78-seat Bombardier Q-400 turboprops with the intention to later move two of its larger and brand new Embraer 175 jets to East Midlands Airport next summer.
The news follows Flybe’s announcement in May that, to provide continuation of services to Midlands’ flyers following the news about bmibaby, it was doubling its existing weekday flights to and from George Best Belfast City Airport to a four times daily service from June 11th, together with two additional weekend services; and two new routes serving Edinburgh and Glasgow with three return flights a day available for travel from September 10th.
DETAILS OF NEW ROUTES for travel from October 28th:
East Midlands (EMA) – Amsterdam (AMS)
Daily excluding Saturdays
Dep EMA 1330 arr AMS 1555
Dep AMS 1630 arr EMA 1655
Dep EMA 1100 arr AMS 1320
Dep AMS 1355 arr EMA 1415
East Midlands (EMA) – Jersey (JER)
Monday. Wednesday, Friday
Dep JER 1210 arr EMA 1325
Dep EMA 1405 arr JER 1520
East Midlands (EMA) – Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
Mon - Sat
Dep EMA 0650 arr CDG 0925
Dep CDG 1010 arr EMA 1035
Daily excepting Sat
Dep EMA 1720 arr CDG 1950
Dep CDG 2035 arr EMA 2100
Simon Lilley, Flybe’s Director of Marketing comments: “We know from customer feedback that travellers have been keen to have confirmation about the future of these three additional routes and, after working closely with the airport, Flybe is pleased to be able to announce their continuation from the start of our winter flying programme at the end of October. We understand the importance to the region of maintaining key links to both Amsterdam and Paris Charles de Gaulle that between them offer a wealth of choice for onward seamless connections to the rest of the world.
“The level of support we have received has been tremendous from those who have booked to travel on our new services to Edinburgh and Glasgow that start in September with up to 36 flights a week, and for our increased frequency to Belfast City. To have continuity on these key routes is obviously important to both business and leisure passengers and clearly shows just how many passengers rely on East Midlands Airport for their regional travel.
Brad Miller, Managing Director East Midlands Airport said: “Today’s news confirming Flybe’s expansion plans at East Midlands Airport shows the airline's commitment to the region and equally underlines the importance of East Midlands Airport as a leading regional airport in the UK.
“There is already a high level of demand for travel to these destinations by both business and leisure passengers and this, coupled with the increased connectivity to long-haul destinations via the major hubs at Paris and Amsterdam, is an extremely positive development for the airport.
“By expanding their services and announcing a brand new base at East Midlands Airport, Flybe is continuing to further embed its brand within the region, building upon the existing demand for these key routes and opening up a worldwide network of destinations direct from the East Midlands.”
Adds Mr Lilley: “Flybe understands the importance to regional economies of having a selection of stable air services and this is something that Flybe has brought to virtually every major UK regional airport over the last 25 years. We are confident that the measures we have now taken to ensure that passengers retain a choice of vital, affordable connections on critical routes will assist in maintaining some of the crucially important links necessary to support the East Midlands economy.”