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    • FLYBE BECOMES FIRST EVER INDEPENDENT CARRIER TO CREATE REGIONAL NETWORK HUB IN UK

      Thursday 08 Mar 2012

      Northern Ireland air travellers are to benefit from a number of additional flight options thanks to Flybe’s creation of a regional network hub at Manchester International Airport.
       

      Flybe, which is the largest airline operating at George Best Belfast City Airport, is the first ever independent carrier to create a regional network hub and in total the move will bring an additional weekday choice of 86 improved connections. These will be of particular benefit to passengers travelling from Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Inverness and the Isle of Man as well as those flying with its franchise partner, Loganair from Norwich.

      Specifically for Northern Ireland passengers, services from Belfast to Exeter will increase from one daily return to four including three via Manchester; and from Belfast to Inverness another two daily returns via the new hub will be added to the single direct service. The creation of the hub will also enable easy access to Norwich from Belfast with three daily return flights, a route that until now was not available.

      In committing to better serve its passengers with improved connectivity, Flybe has worked hard with Manchester Airport to make these new services possible and reduce minimum connecting times to as little as 35 minutes. By streamlining connectivity through its Manchester hub , the airline believes the added choice of conveniently connecting domestic flights will prove of special benefit to those travelling on business, those wanting an affordable choice of multiple day returns and, just as importantly, creating additional opportunities for regional communities to access the many flight connections to the rest of the world offered from Manchester Airport.

      Simon Lilley, Flybe’s Director of Marketing, says: “Flybe has always looked at innovative ways to improve its services and with 5% of our passengers already taking advantage of the many connections we have been offering for several years, it made perfect sense to further optimise this obvious need. As Europe’s largest regional airline serving 36 UK departure points, it made sense to ‘join’ more of them up and do it over Manchester, one of our largest bases. Manchester Airport immediately saw the potential and have worked hard with us to ensure that it could accommodate our re-adjusted schedule that now gives our passengers the added choice of over 80 new domestic connections. We also expect to see an increasing number of regional passengers choose to connect to the many international flights offered at Manchester rather than travelling through Heathrow.”

      Flights are available for booking now at www.flybe.com for travel from March 26th with one way fares from £29.99 including taxes and charges.

       Flybe, which is the largest airline operating at George Best Belfast City Airport, is the first ever independent carrier to create a regional network hub and in total the move will bring an additional weekday choice of 86 improved connections