Launched in 1979 as Jersey European Airways, Flybe has grown over the years to become the UK and Europe’s largest independent regional carrier, with 218 routes serving 10 countries and operating from a total of 75 departure points – 40 UK and 35 European Airports.
With bases strategically placed around the UK at Southampton, Exeter – where the company has its corporate headquarters – Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen, the carrier offers frequent service to practically all significant population centers in Britain. Major hub cities are Birmingham (BHX) and Manchester (MAN) where flights are scheduled to dovetail into regional and international flight times to allow for seamless connections. Franchise alliances with Loganair and Stobart Air allow Flybe to extend its reach into the Scottish Highlands & Islands and Northern Europe. London is another important city for Flybe, where it uses the smaller, more convenient airports of London City (LCY) and London Southend (SEN). Both are located much closer to central London than LHR or LGW, allowing for easier and quicker commutes to the center of the city.
Flybe operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline. It was named ‘Best Short-Haul Airline’ at the 2016 Business Travel Awards in January 2016. Also last January, Flybe was one of only two UK-based carriers to feature in the latest top 20 global airlines punctuality league table by OAG.
In March 2016, Flybe signed a codeshare agreement with Virgin Atlantic Airways, as well as announced a 10-year franchise agreement with Channel Islands’ air operator, Blue Islands. In August 2016, Flybe started the first ever intra-European routes with daily flights from Hanover to Milan Malpensa and Lyon Saint Exupery. Flybe still maintains codeshare and interline agreements with Air France/KLM, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Air Berlin, Delta, Emirates, United and many other major international airlines.
Flybe offers a 3-tier ticket structure, each providing different levels of service and restrictions. The “Just Fly” level is the most restrictive yet the most affordable option, offering 10kgs of cabin baggage and assigned seating at check-in. The “Get More” level offers 20kgs of checked baggage allowance, and the “All In” tickets allow for pre-assigned seats with the option of extra legroom and other amenities, and also has the most generous checked baggage allowance of up to 40kgs. On board, seating configuration is 2×2, so no need to worry about getting stuck in a middle seat. The airline also offers merchandise for sale on all flights, with duty-free cigarettes and spirits on flights to destinations outside of the European Union.
Flybe can be booked and ticketed by US agents through all the major GDS systems under 2-letter IATA code BE.
For more information about Flybe, visit them online at www.flybe.com.