Flybe signs codeshare agreement with Singapore Airlines

Flybe Embraer E175

Flybe and Singapore Airlines have announced a codeshare agreement.

The deal means passengers using Flybe’s services from five UK airports can book onward flights to more than 100 Singapore Airlines destinations.

The codeshare also opens up additional connections via Paris Charles de Gaulle and Dusseldorf.

Cities and routes currently included in the new Flybe-Singapore Airlines’ codeshare partnership are:

RouteConnection(s)
AberdeenVia Manchester
Belfast CityVia Manchester
SouthamptonVia Manchester
BirminghamVia Paris CDG
ManchesterVia Paris CDG
BirminghamVia Dusseldorf
ManchesterVia Dusseldorf

 

Additional cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Isle of Man, Exeter and London City are also available through an interline agreement between the two carriers.

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s chief revenue officer said: “Our new codeshare agreement with Singapore Airlines is another exciting development for Flybe. It further strengthens our ability to connect our regional customers to long-haul destinations with our ‘One Stop to the World’ proposition and also serves to boost local economies by encouraging inbound business and leisure travel.”

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Flybe to continue Cardiff-London City route

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Flybe is to continue with its Cardiff-London City service “while demand exists”.

The route had originally been launched to serve travellers during the six-week closure the Severn Tunnel for rail electrification works, but the regional carrier said that it had taken the decision to extend the service “following an overwhelming response from the business community”.

Flybe said that the route “has seen a very promising level of customer uptake during its first few weeks of operation”, adding that “Of the passengers surveyed before departure, 95 per cent confirmed that they would continue to use the service after the Severn Tunnel re-opened, and a further 33 per cent had already become regular travellers on the route”.

Flights will now continue from November 1, operating up to twice daily as follows:

Weekdays:

  • Departs CWL 0800 Arrives LCY 0915
  • Departs LCY 0945 Arrives CWL 1045
  • Departs CWL 1610 Arrives LCY 1725
  • Departs LCY 1755 Arrives CWL 1855

Saturdays:

  • Departs CWL 0935 Arrives LCY 1050
  • Departs LCY 1120 Arrives CWL 1220

Sundays:

  • Departs CWL 1610 Arrives LCY 17:25
  • Departs LCY 1755 Arrives CWL 1855

Commenting on the news Matthew Hall, chief commercial officer at London City airport, said:

“Following Flybe’s six-week Cardiff service it is great news that we are able to add this as a permanent domestic route, boosting Cardiff-London connectivity and nurturing economic ties between these two capital cities.

“We are now the only London airport with a permanent air link to Cardiff Airport, which is a game-changer for business and leisure travellers, offering customers here and in Wales a speedy and efficient connection thanks to our proximity to central London.”

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Flybe launches Manchester-Luxembourg route

Flybe launches Manchester-Luxembourg service

Flybe has launched a new twice daily (daily at weekends) service between Manchester and Luxembourg.

The regional carrier has dubbed the new route “a UK milestone”, as it is the only direct service from the UK to Luxembourg outside of London airports.

Flybe is also keen to stress the possibility of weekday return trips using the new service, with morning flights departing Manchester at 0910, arriving into Luxembourg at 1150, and returning on the evening service at 2125, landing back into Manchester at 2155.

Commenting on the new route Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s chief revenue officer said:

“We are delighted to be launching our first flights between Manchester and Luxembourg today (September 1). Not only is this a first for Flybe, it is also now the only direct route offered to Luxembourg City outside of London.

“It is a fantastic destination for both business and leisure travellers alike so we are thrilled to mark this special milestone. We have scheduled flight times to make day trips a real possibility as well as helping business travellers save on expensive hotel costs.”

The full schedules for the new route are:

Monday to Saturday

  • Departs Manchester 0910, arrives Luxembourg 1215
  • Departs Luxembourg 1215, arrives Manchester 1305

Monday to Friday, and Sunday

  • Departs Manchester 1830, arrives Luxembourg 2055
  • Departs Luxembourg 2125, arrives Manchester 2155

Luxair currently flies offers flights to and from London City, while Easyjet serves Luxembourg from Gatwick, and British Airways from Heathrow.

Ryanair also launched flights from London Stansted at the start of September.

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Air Berlin signs codeshare agreement with Flybe

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Air Berlin has signed a new codeshare deal with Flybe, comprising 15 routes and 316 weekly flights.

The agreement includes routes between Dusseldorf, Berlin-Tegel, Hannover, Munich and Stuttgart and the UK cities of Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster, Manchester and Southampton.

It means Flybe customers will be able to connect at Air Berlin’s hubs in Dusseldorf and Berlin-Tegel, onto long-haul routes to Abu Dhabi, San Francisco, Boston, LA and New York.

It’s the German carrier’s 23rd codeshare partnership, and Flybe’s 10th codeshare deal, with the regional carrier recently having agreed an interline partnership with Singapore Airlines.

Tickets for the new codeshare agreement are bookable at both flybe.com and airberlin.com.

Flybe to establish Manchester “network hub”

The regional carrier is to set up a hub at Manchester airport, allowing the creation of 86 new point-to-point connections through the airport, including Norwich to Aberdeen and Exeter to Inverness.

The airline says it has worked with Manchester to reduce connecting times on services “to as little as 35 minutes”.

Flybe will provide the new services in conjunction with franchise partner Loganair, which operates flights from Norwich.

New connections include Aberdeen to the Isle of Man and Norwich, Belfast to Norwich, Exeter to Inverness, the Isle of Man and Norwich, Inverness to the Isle of Man and Norwich, and the Isle of Man to Norwich.

In addition existing connections including Belfast to Exeter and Edinburgh to the Isle of Man will see extra frequencies added. For a full list of new and additional service, see the table below.

Flybe says it is “the first ever independent carrier in the UK to create a regional network hub” of this nature.

For more information visit flybe.com, manchesterairport.co.uk.

Report by Mark Caswell