Flybe and Air France join forces

July 13: British low-cost carrier Flybe and French national airline Air France have announced plans to team up this autumn with a codeshare agreement that will give Flybe passengers access to five additional routes between the UK and France as well as seven new domestic French routes and eleven international routes. Air France will gain access to 45 new routes from France to the UK, as well as connections through Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton on a further 17 UK domestic routes.
Jim French, Flybe’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said “This deal is a further milestone in our growth. Having cemented our position as the UK’s number one domestic airline, we have sought to grow our position in our next most important market, which is the European business city market. It’s a real win-win agreement – it allows us to offer an even wider range of flights to our passengers, as well as provide superb levels of inter-connectivity that only an airline as big as Air France can offer.”
Bruno Matheu, Air France Chief Commercial Officer, added “Over the past few years we have watched with great interest Flybe’s growth and development and been impressed by its performance. The future co-operation is a major opportunity for Air France to strengthen its position in the UK, Europe’s biggest market.”
Under the codeshare agreement that should be effective by the end of October 2010, Flybe will market and add its BE code to many flights.