As 'Flybe 2.0' gains momentum, it’s been revealed that a significant proportion of its former links have been re-established in its absence
Just over a year on from the collapse of UK regional airline Flybe, only four of its former routes now remain unserved.
Scottish carrier Loganair has played a large part in the restoration, but six other airlines including Eastern Airways, British Airways, BA CityFlyer, Blue Islands and easyJet have snapped up the routes.
The Glasgow-based operator announced earlier this week that it will launch a service linking Norwich with Exeter, reconnecting East Anglia with the Southwest of England.
The flights – which starts on July 12 – will be operated four times per week across the summer season and then twice-weekly from September.
Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair chief executive, said: “We are very pleased to expand our commitment to Norwich and Exeter with this direct service, connecting two important UK business and leisure locations. We’re sure this new connection will be warmly welcomed by customers travelling for work reasons and by those - just as soon as they can – travelling to visit friends and family.”
“The fact that 42 of Flybe’s 46 lost domestic routes have now been restored also shows the resilience and the importance of supporting the UK’s domestic airlines and this ‘team effort’ across the industry is something of which we should we all be proud.”
Stephen Wiltshire, Exeter Airport operations director added: “It’s marvellous that Loganair is re-establishing the link between Exeter and Norwich, which is a key route for business, tourism and reconnecting family and friends kept apart by the pandemic.
“Importantly, this launch fills another gap left by the collapse of Flybe, with almost every domestic destination from Exeter now being restored by Loganair and other carriers over the coming months.”
The 70-minute flight between the two airports is expected to be operated using one of Loganair’s 49-seat Embraer E145 jets.