7 OCTOBER 2013

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Article from BTNews 7 OCTOBER 2013

Flybe looking positive

With a completely new management team in place under former easyJet Chief Commercial Officer Saad Hammad, Flybe is looking positive.  Whilst the listed airline is not expected to unveil its detailed plans until the release of second half year figures on 11 November it has announced a new four times a week service to Knock from Birmingham starting 27 October. 

This latest route adds to the 23 destinations available from Birmingham amounting to 636 flights a week, including Belfast City, Dusseldorf, Charles de Gaulle and the Channel Islands. 

By November Paul Simmons, recently enticed from easyJet (see BTN 12 August), will be in place as Chief Commercial Officer.  Going, and in some instances already gone, are Andrew Knuckey, Flybe’s Chief Financial Officer since 2007; Mark Chown, the airline’s Director of Corporate Strategy; Mike Rutter, Managing Director of Flybe’s outsourcing solutions and Andrew Strong, Managing Director for Flybe UK.

Flybe is Europe's biggest independent regional airline with 187 routes serving 14 countries, from 82 departure points.  It is the largest scheduled airline at Belfast City, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Inverness, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester and Southampton airports with a 68-strong aircraft fleet – 45 Q400, 14 E195 and 9 E175.  It is 15% owned by BA. www.flybe.com

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