European regional carrier Flybe is to operate it first scheduled services from Heathrow next year. The move will provide more than 40 scheduled flights a week from Aberdeen and Edinburgh from March 2017.
Flybe said it will operate Heathrow slots which became available as a result of commitments required by the European Commission following the acquisition of BMI by International Consolidated Airlines Group. Flybe is not required to pay to use the slots, other than meet Heathrow landing and passenger charges. The airline said it will not purchase the slots and will therefore not be brought onto its balance sheet.
Flybe will be using Heathrow’s Terminal 2 and said it will offer ‘One Stop to the World’ connectivity to its codeshare and interline partners. Fares are from £39.99 one way including taxes and charges.
This route expansion means that, with effect from March 26, 2017, Flybe will offer up to 18 flights a day between London and Edinburgh, and ten between London and Aberdeen.
Flybe’s Executive Chairman, Simon Laffin, commented: “We are delighted to announce our first flights to London Heathrow, significantly enhancing our UK domestic route network and offering even better links between Scotland and London. The new routes to Heathrow complement the existing ones we operate to London City, and will benefit our business customers and customers in Scotland who want to connect with our long-haul codeshare partners.
“We have long been lobbying for Heathrow to offer more opportunities for domestic flights to enhance regional connectivity. Whilst other operators may have dismissed the possibility of further domestic routes into Heathrow, we look forward to working with the airport to further expand the range of domestic destinations.”