Flybe has unveiled a major expansion of its operations at Birmingham Airport with the announcement of seven new routes that includes a six times a week service to Florence, in a first for the airport; daily flights to Cologne; a six times a week service to Toulouse; a five times a week service to Alicante and four times a week to Bordeaux, Palma Mallorca and Porto.
To support what it has dubbed its “Magnificent Seven” routes, Flybe is also adding three of its 88-seat 2×2 configuration Embraer 175 jets to the airport thereby creating its biggest ever regional base with 12 aircraft.
The airline says its daily service to Florence, capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and those to Toulouse and Porto open up some important commercial regions for business travel but states they also are an attractive draw for leisure travellers.
Flights start from April 10, 2014 to Alicante, Cologne, Florence and Porto; and from May 13 for the remaining three routes (Bordeaux, Palma and Toulouse).
Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer says: “Today’s news reinforces the increasing emphasis that Flybe is putting on its operations at Birmingham Airport. We’re obviously delighted to offer these additional seven new routes. Our decision to support the region by basing an extra three aircraft here is not only a vote of confidence in the local economy but also in the strong relationship we have built with the airport team.”
The news follows last week’s announcement that Flybe will be boosting the frequency on three of its most popular European routes from the end of March namely those to Hanover, Milan-Malpensa and Stuttgart.
As a result of the seven new destinations announced today, Flybe will now operate 32 routes to and from Birmingham during the Summer 2014 season.
William Pearson, Birmingham Airport’s Aviation Development Director, added: “By creating new jobs and offering more choice from Birmingham Airport demonstrates Flybe’s commitment to the Midlands region. Not only will this growth make Birmingham Airport Flybe’s biggest ever base, it will also become our largest carrier, flying up to 400,000 extra passengers a year and serving nearly 2 million travellers in total. We thank Flybe for its commitment to Birmingham and look forward to welcoming passengers on these new services this summer.”