From A to Flybe

The regional carrier has returned to profit after enduring a turbulent few years. Guy Warner paid a visit to its Exeter base to hear about the airline’s remarkable turnaround.

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After enduring a difficult spell since the turn of the decade, Flybe returned to profit last year for the first time since its flotation in 2010.
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Flybe, like the majority of the world’s airlines, has had its fair share of ups and downs. The carrier, and its previous incarnations Jersey European Airways and British European, has been a familiar presence at airports across the UK and beyond for almost four decades. It has come a long way since its formation in 1979, growing from island-hopping services in the Channel to Europe’s largest regional carrier, operating 215 routes from 77 departure points – 37 in the UK and 40 in mainland Europe – in ten countries.

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