Leading regional airline adds daily flights to South West France as part of extensive 2016-17 Winter schedule and marks Belfast City milestone
DEVON, UK, 2016-Jun-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has today (22nd June 2016) announced a brand new route between Birmingham and Toulouse-Blagnac airports with daily flights starting on 30th October, providing the only direct service between the two destinations. Tickets are available for booking now at www.flybe.com with one way fares from £29.99 including taxes and charges.
At the same time, it has marked the 30 year anniversary of its popular Belfast City service that, over the three decades, has covered some 22 million miles – the equivalent distance of travelling almost 50 times to the moon and back, and carried over six million passengers on 100,000 flights.
Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, comments: “Today marks a very special milestone in Flybe’s long established commitment to both Birmingham and Belfast City airports – and at the same time we are announcing yet another new route to regional France. Our clear focus is on providing short, affordable regional flights, delivering unrivalled regional connectivity for local communities.
Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, commenting on the Belfast City anniversary said: “Happy anniversary to Flybe, our largest carrier here at Birmingham Airport. To operate a reliable and consistent service between Belfast City and Birmingham for the past 30 years is impressive, proving the high demand for this service for both leisure and business travellers. The airport is proud to have Flybe as a major partner and we look forward to continuing to work together to make its other 31 routes from Birmingham have similar longevity, including of course the Toulouse flights announced just today.”
The city of Toulouse – just a short 1hr 50 minutes’ flight away – is a quintessential example of how modern France marries both the old and the new. It is one of France’s most historic cities featuring medieval architecture and unique pink terracotta buildings. It is also the centre of the European aerospace industry and of leading companies within the technology sector.
DETAILS OF FLYBE’S NEW ROUTE
BIRMINGHAM (BHX) TO TOULOUSE (TLS)
Available for travel 30th October 2016 – 25th March 2017
Dep BHX 1050 Arr TLS 1340 Dep TLS 1415 Arr BHX 1510
Dep BHX 1200 Arr TLS 1450 Dep TLS 1525 Arr BHX 1620
Dep BHX 1130 Arr TLS 1420 Dep TLS 1455 Arr BHX 1550
The latest new route will enhance the airline’s Winter schedule to regional France that, as well as flights to Chambery and Lyons, will also include the extension of its recently added summer service to Nantes, that will also operate daily. In total, Flybe will operate 22 routes from Birmingham for winter, including those to Rotterdam and Luxembourg that are also brand new, and offering a choice of up to 424 flights a week.
Notes to editors
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline – 218 routes serving 10 countries from 75 departure points, 40 UK/35 European airports* (all routes on sale May’16 – Apr‘17); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA May’15 – Apr’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, Cardiff, Exeter, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports (UK CAA Apr ’16); operates fleet of 76 aircraft – 51 Bombardier Q400, 9 Embraer 195, 11 E175 & 5 ATR 72s; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and Air India; has three franchise partners, Loganair, Stobart Air and Blue Islands making it only UK airline brand with 70% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Apr’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)
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