BELFAST, Northern Ireland, 2019-Nov-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has today (13th November 2019) announced the first phase of its 2020 Summer schedule featuring 14 routes with a total choice of up to 290 flights a week across the UK from George Best Belfast City Airport.
Seats are on sale from Thursday 14th November 2019 at www.flybe.com for travel between 29th March and 24th October 2020.
Flybe will next year complete a full re-brand as part of the extended Virgin family under the new name of Virgin Connect. With an added focus on Business and Visiting Family & Friends’ (VFR) travel, it will offer a strong, resilient service to its customers and this new schedule marks the beginning of the airline’s exciting journey.
The airline, together with its partner Stobart Air, is part of the Connect Airways group which brings together many synergies and Flybe’s new 2020 Summer schedule provides a perfect example of this.
In addition, and as part of a new commercial arrangement with its partner Stobart Air to optimise operations, Flybe will next summer introduce a new service from George Best Belfast City Airport to London Southen Airport offering 18 flights per week.
Other highlights for the summer schedule include the continued scheduling of E190 jet aircraft at peak times on the Belfast City to London City service thus delivering increased capacity when most needed. Flight timings are a key driver especially for business passengers and on the popular Belfast City to Edinburgh route earlier morning and improved evening flight times have been introduced to maximise day returns.
Flybe connects people and communities and offers multiple opportunities for onward travel either with its own services or via its 11 codeshare partners operating from the main hub airports it serves which includes the many destinations offered from Manchester with Virgin Atlantic. This is an added convenience for those wanting to travel from their regional airport especially to destinations across the world when booked direct with the airline or through a local travel agent.
Connect Airways’ CEO, Mark Anderson comments:
“I am very excited with our new Summer 2020 schedule from Belfast City Airport and its focus on our business customers and regional communities. It includes many of our most popular high frequency services with better timings to accommodate our frequent fliers as well as new flights to London Southend airport.
“This schedule strengthens Flybe’s commitment to providing unparalleled connectivity from regional airports to destinations across the UK, Europe and beyond.
Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport said:
“This three times daily service to London Southend will greatly enhance our London offering benefitting both inbound and outbound passengers.
“Commencing on 1st June 2020, it will complement our very popular London City service which now operates on E190 jet aircraft at peak times further enhancing the travel experience for commuters.
“Maintaining the extensive route network from Belfast City Airport to destinations across the UK within the 2020 summer schedule is an indication of Virgin Connect’s future strategy in Northern Ireland and endorses its commitment to the region. The months ahead are very exciting and we will continue to work in partnership with the airline as we prepare to introduce the new Virgin Connect offering to passengers in Northern Ireland early next year.”
Mr Anderson continued,
“We understand our customers’ needs and recognise that their time is precious. This is why we are proud to give them added opportunity to stay connected to what matters most to them, in a way that no other regional airline can. At the same time, we will deliver outstanding customer experiences with a personal touch.
“As Flybe moves towards its full re-brand as Virgin Connect next year, we are proud of the role the airline continues to play in bringing people and communities even closer.
“Together with our teams, we look forward to welcoming all our customers onboard our flights next summer.”
Source: George Best Belfast City Airport