The new Flybe will launch its first ticket sales next week as the airline prepares for operations. The revived carrier has also announced that its second base of operations will be at Belfast City Airport. Tickets are set to go on sale Tuesday, March 22.
Flybe tickets go on sale this Tuesday
Flybe will offer its first fares since its relaunch as the airline prepares to begin operations in the spring. The carrier will go on sale March 22, with a full list of routes, destinations and daily low fares to be announced next week.
CEO Dave Pflieger said:
“Next week will be an exciting time for customers and communities who have been waiting to hear from us about lower fares, new routes and new destinations, all of which are timed to coincide with the restarting of the economy and a return to normality after two difficult years for everyone.”
Flybe says it will eventually serve many cities in the UK and EU. Photo: Getty Images
Flybe 2.0 will announce its routes in the coming days, promising “many more UK and EU cities”, and plans to increase its schedule as the summer progresses.
“We are confident that a new and improved Flybe will provide customers with great value, more choice and the ability to quickly and more easily visit loved ones, go on vacation and more easily visit customers or attend important meetings.”
Second base in Belfast
Flybe has also revealed the location of its second base of operations – Belfast City Airport. In November, the airline announced that its main base of operations and headquarters would be at Birmingham Airport.
Flybe was the largest operator at Belfast City Airport before its collapse. Photo: Getty Images
“As you’ve heard, our team has been working hard for over a year and a half to bring customers a new airline that people will love, and we’re especially excited to be flying into Belfast City Airport and serve Northern Ireland.”
Prior to entering administration, Flybe served 80% of routes at Belfast City Airport. The airline will face stiffer competition this time around, with Aer Lingus Regional, Loganair, Eastern Airways and the new Emerald Airways operating from Belfast.
The Flybe 2.0 story
It has been more than two years since Flybe went bankrupt after failing to secure financial aid from the UK government. He had unsuccessfully applied for a £100m ($131.8m) loan to stay afloat.
The carrier has been acquired by Thyme Opco, a shell company of former shareholder Cyrus Capital, with a relaunch announced in April 2021. The new airline will leave its old base at Exeter Airport and establish its headquarters in Birmingham.
The relaunch of Flybe was announced in April 2021. Photo: Flybe
Flybe plans to operate with the DHC Dash 8-400 turboprop and has set a target of 32 aircraft in its fleet. The airline welcomed its first Dash 8 in November and is expecting its third delivery in the coming weeks.
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