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Flybe further thoughts

Running a domestic and short-haul regional airline is not easy and both easyJet and Ryanair have revised their UK internal services in recent times. Here is a list of some prominent carriers that have either failed or merged in recent times. There are plenty of others. Also the current slot situation at UK airports for Flybe.

Our advice to potential Flybe customers is do use the airline but make sure you pay with a credit card as a form of insurance. See also COMMENT plus And some additional observations.

Air Anglia
Air Bristol
Air UK
Air Wales
BMI Regional
British Air Ferries
British Airways Regional
British Regional
Buzz
Brymon Airways
CityFlyer Express
Debonair
Flybmi
Dan Air
Gill Airways
Go
London City Airlines/EuroCity Express
Manx
Scot Airways
Suckling

Plus (Virgin) Little Red

Besides Flybe, this leaves Loganair and Eastern as the UK's only domestic airlines of any size.

These are the figures for the Flybe UK airport slots. These should not be used as passenger ratios, as that will depend on the aircraft used. Belfast and Southampton stand out as the premier Flybe airports. The Newquay slots actually belong to BA, which makes Willie Walsh's outburst even more peculiar.

Column1

Slots
W19-S20

% of airport
total

Aberdeen

              14,405

28%

Belfast City

              27,265

81%

Birmingham

              28,623

27%

Cardiff

                7,508

49%

Durham Tees Valley

                1,518

45%

Edinburgh

              23,523

18%

East Midlands

                3,197

6%

Exeter

                8,839

70%

Glasgow

              10,577

13%

Jersey

              12,918

51%

Leeds Bradford

                4,652

16%

London City

                8,953

11%

Manchester

              31,317

15%

Newcastle

                5,705

13%

Southampton

              27,339

93%

 

Figures supplied by Airport Co-ordination Ltd.  At other major airports, Flybe has only a small proportion (less than 3%) of total slots.

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