travel from your
local airport is
feel is really
Welcome on board.
Flybe is passionate about connecting regional communities and it is this
thinking that underpins every decision we take when choosing which routes
to offer, which destinations to serve, and the schedule that best fits the needs
of our customers.
It is very encouraging that our 2018 summer programme with over 170
routes has taken off to a strong start, alongside those offered by our three
franchise partners. Many of you are already clearly enjoying the new
schedule and the added seasonal routes that return at this time of the year.
This month, these include quite a few favourites to regional France such as
Avignon, Biarritz, Brest, Perpignan and Rennes.
Having the choice of convenient and affordable travel from your local
airport is something we feel is really important, and we also appreciate how
important it is to have a stable and reliable airline operating ‘Close to you’.
Flybe, in various guises throughout the years, has been operating since 1994.
Now, some 24 years later, we are still flying high at nine of those original 12
regional airports. At five of these – Belfast City, Birmingham, Exeter, Isle of
Man and Jersey – we have grown to be the largest scheduled airline
measured by air traffic movements.
All of us at Flybe are extremely proud of this strong heritage. This year
alone, we will be celebrating a number of special milestones. We have
already marked our first year at Heathrow Airport and the sixth anniversary
of the launch of our Manchester hub concept, an airport from where we have
also been flying since 1994.
Domestic aviation plays an important role in contributing towards the
economic development of our regions, not the least of which is offering
opportunities for employment. Some 60 per cent of our workforce is
employed across the 10 bases we have outside of our Exeter HQ; and last
month we opened applications for a new Flybe engineering apprenticeship
programme that starts in September.
Whatever your reason for travelling with us today, thank you for choosing to
fly with us. We look forward to welcoming you on board again soon.