28 APRIL 2014
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Whilst very creditable sources had indicated that Flybe was seriously looking at RAF Northolt in west London as a new gateway to the capital, the airline has surprisingly signed a five-year contract with London City Airport.
Flybe plans to operate flights to Belfast City, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter and Inverness commencing 27 October.
It will be directly competing with British Airways, a shareholder of the Exeter-based airline, on the route to the Scottish capital where its Q400 turboprop will have a gate to gate time of 1hr 30mins against BA’s 1hr 20mins with an Embraer 190 jet. Flybe plans for four rotations whilst BA is presently eight. The Dublin route will compete with CityJet, an establish operator since 1992. With Inverness Flybe has competition from easyJet at Gatwick and Luton. For Belfast, where it is well established, the London City route does not really compete with BA to Heathrow.
Flybe has announced that by next winter it will only be operating the Q400 turboprop and is disposing of its Embraer 195 fleet. www.flybe.com www.londoncityairport.com
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