Regional carrier Flybe will launch flights from Southampton and Exeter to Barcelona next summer, and will also fly from Exeter to Nice.
The airline will fly three times-weekly between Southampton and Barcelona from March 31, 2013, and twice-weekly from Exeter to both Barcelona and Nice.
There are currently no non-stop services operating on these routes. Vueling did launch flights between Southampton and Barcelona earlier this year (see online news January 13), but these flights are not currently operating and Southampton does not appear in the carrier’s list of destinations.
The new Flybe routes were announced as part of Flybe’s Summer 2013 schedule, which will also see several existing routes served over the summer season for the first time, including Birmingham to Amsterdam, East Midlands to Amsterdam, Glasgow, Jersey and Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Southampton to Nantes.
In addition flight frequencies will be increased on summer routes from Exeter to Alicante, Faro, Malaga and Palma, as well as Manchester to Newquay, Jersey to Cardiff, and Gatwick to Inverness.
The new follows Flybe’s recent decision to drop several routes this winter, including Exeter-Leeds (see online news September 24), Gatwick-Aberdeen (see online news September 7), Manchester-Brussels (see online news August 17), and Southampton-Frankfurt (see online news July 18).
For more information visit flybe.com.
Report by Mark Caswell