18 APRIL 2022


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Article from BTNews 18 APRIL 2022

Flybe flies

Controversial airline Flybe has made its maiden flight under new management with claims of outstanding wages to previous staff and lack of information to shareholders.

Floated on the London Stock Exchange December 2010, on 5 March 2020 the airline filed for administration and ceased all operations.

The new Flybe Ltd officially launched Wednesday 13 April with an inaugural flight from Birmingham Airport to Belfast City Airport.  Financial support has come from Cyrus Capital who purchased the brand from the administrators.  The value of the airline is said to be its Heathrow and Amsterdam slots which it plans to take up in the next 12 months.

It marks the beginning of up to four daily flights between Birmingham and Belfast City Centre with additional routes due to start in the coming weeks and months.

In November 2021, it was announced that Birmingham Airport would be home to the airline’s headquarters and its first crew base with plans to create up to 200 new jobs in the region over the next three years.  Currently the airline operates three de Havilland Canada Q400 aircraft.

The official launch of the new airline was celebrated at Birmingham Airport with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Flybe’s CEO, Dave Pflieger, and Birmingham Airport’s Chief Executive, Nick Barton.

Dave Pflieger said: “Over the coming weeks and months our flight schedule will further ramp up as we take delivery of additional aircraft and serve other new destinations from Birmingham including Amsterdam, Avignon, Brest, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen”.
Nick Barton added: “I am thrilled to see Flybe back again. With Covid travel restrictions lifted and many thousands of Britons taking to the skies once more, I am confident we’ll see strong demand for Flybe’s core UK, Dutch and French routes”.

Please see LETTER OF THE WEEK and Flybe flies again in last week's BTN. Also COMMENT: Flybe – what happens next?  in this week's BTN.


Flybe’s Introductory Schedule

Route Start Date From Frequency
Amsterdam (AMS) to Birmingham (BHX) From 28 April Daily
Amsterdam (AMS) to East Midlands (EMA) From 28 April Daily
Belfast City (BHD) to Birmingham (BHX) From 13 April Up to 4x Daily
Belfast City (BHD) to Glasgow (GLA) From 14 April Up to 4x Daily
Belfast City (BHD) to Heathrow (LHR) From 28 April Up to 2x Daily
Belfast City (BHD) to Leeds Bradford (LBA) From 28 April Up to 3x Daily
Leeds Bradford (LBA) to Heathrow (LHR) From 28 April Up to 3x Daily

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