It's good news for UK regional passengers heading for Amsterdam. Budget carrier Flybe is launching three new routes from the autumn which will provide competition for the incumbent airlines.
First off the mark is a twice daily service from Southampton commencing on September 11 followed by a single daily service from both Exeter and Norwich which gets under way on October 29.
Weekday timings (different schedules apply at weekends) for Southampton-Amsterdam are convenient. You depart at 0745 and 1840 returning from Amsterdam at 1030 and 2125.
However, flights from the other two cities aren't so good. On weekdays the service from Norwich departs at 1050 returning at 1315 while the single service from Exeter leaves at 1415 heading back at 1720. Prices for all routes are set to lead-in at £60 return.
There are currently no flights to Amsterdam from Exeter. Scot Airways has had the Amsterdam route to itself from Southampton for a number of years while Dutch national carrier KLM (and its predecessors KLM UK, Air UK and Air Anglia) has monopolised flights from Norwich for over 30 years.
For more information go to flybe.com.
Report by Alex McWhirter