Flybe is consolidating its services at Birmingham and London City over the winter months.
Flights from Birmingham to Berlin Tegel, Hamburg, Hanover, Lyon and Milan Malpensa will cease to operate from the end of the summer timetable towards the end of October.
Suspending these routes over the winter months will be a blow for West Midlands’ business travellers as Flybe is the sole direct carrier.
However it must be stressed that flights to Berlin Tegel, Milan Malpensa and Lyon are suspended only. Services will restart around mid-February.
From London City Flybe is cancelling its Dusseldorf route from late October. As previously reported, two other cities, namely Leeds and Southampton, are also set to lose their Flybe service to Dusseldorf.
Londoners are fortunate as British Airways provides a good alternative between London City and Dusseldorf, but sadly there is no alternative from either Leeds or Southampton.
When Business Traveller checked availability for all the above routes we could find no seats available for sale after October 25 or October 26 (depending on the route).
In a statement to Business Traveller the airline said:
“Flybe has recently completed an exhaustive network review to strengthen the commercial viability of its 2019-2020 winter schedules.
“This has resulted in a number of its least profitable routes being cancelled with effect from the end of the 2019 summer season. These include Birmingham to Hanover, Hamburg and London City to Dusseldorf.”
“In addition some seasonal reductions have been made to the winter schedules from 27 October by reducing frequency on routes linking Birmingham with Lyon, Berlin Tegel and Milan Malpensa with some additional flying on certain days over that period.”
Note that the carrier says it may operate some ad hoc services on the above Birmingham routes, hence the wording “reducing frequency” rather than suspension.