Glasgow airport reports busiest February in eight years

By Phil Davies | 11 March 2015 at 13.07 GMT
Continued demand for eastern European destinations served by Wizz Air and Ryanair helped push passengers using Glasgow airport up by almost 14% last month.

The Scottish airport handled more than 510,000 passengers in February – its 24th consecutive month of growth.

International traffic was up by almost a quarter over February last year while domestic numbers grew by 6.9% with British Airways, Flybe and Loganair all reporting a strong February.

Ryanair’s three daily services to Stansted also continued to perform well, according to the airport.

Aer Lingus launched flights to Donegal last month and Citywing confirmed an increase in services to the Isle of Man to 11 a week during the summer. Flybe launches a new double daily service to Bournemouth on March 29 and flights to Cardiff in June.

Airport managing director, Amanda McMillan, said: “Our success in securing new routes and attracting airlines to Glasgow has translated into sustained passenger growth and we could not have asked for a better start to the year.

“The next three months will see the launch of a further 13 new routes including direct flights to Las Vegas, Munich, Prague and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“We are continuing to make improvements to the airport in order to accommodate this growth and are making excellent progress with the £3 million extension of our east pier.

“It is an exciting time for Glasgow airport and there is much to look forward to with major events such as the World Gymnastics and IPC Swimming World Championships still to come.”

Sourced from Travel Weekly

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A closer look at Flybe and their new routes from Cardiff Airport

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Chief executive of Flybe Saad Hammad & Chair of Cardiff Airport Lord Rowe-Beddoe

On 5th March 2015 Flybe confirmed a major expansion at Cardiff Airport with new routes and announcing that the airport will become it’s newest base with two aircraft in a 10 year deal.

The first of the two based 118 seat Embraer 195 regional jets will arrive in June with the second arriving in Septemeber.

The new routes will be Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro, Glasgow, Milan, Munich & Paris and will add to the existing services to Belfast City and seasonal flights to Jersey, Dusseldorf & Geneva.

The chief executive of low-cost airline Flybe, Saad Hammad, said the aim was to get as quickly as possible to a desired 400,000 annual passenger level from its new routes out of Cardiff Airport.

Speaking at Cardiff Airport Mr Hammad said: “We are targeting 400,000 incremental passengers annually.”

It is understood that Flybe’s current passenger occupancy rate on its existing network is in the mid 70% range.

As for a time frame to get to the desirable 400,000 passenger mark Mr Hammad said: “That is our vision and we want to get there as quickly as possible.

“We are doing business and sun routes and importantly cities such as Paris and Dublin. So we think it is a really good combination of business and leisure, both for the local community but also to draw traffic into Wales.

“Wales is brilliant for leisure and one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. It is also great in terms of inward business investment, so I think it is a win win all round.”

On the potential for adding further new routes in the future Mr Hammad said: “Absolutely. We will see how we go to get to that occupancy and traffic flows, but the beauty of what we do is that it isn’t a finite thing and if it goes well we want to build on success.

“So the sooner that we get to the kind of volumes we are looking for the better.”

The Aircraft

Although Flybe will have two Embraer 190 aircraft based at Cardiff Airport some flights will be operate by non-based Bombardier Dash8-Q400.

Wales Air Forum will tell you a little more on the aircraft below.


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Flybe Bombardier Dash8-Q400 at Cardiff Airport Image taken by Phil Woods

Bombardier Dash8-Q400

The Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 twin-engined, medium range, turboprop aircraft produced by Bombardier Aerospace.

The aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100 engines and carries up to 78 passengers in a 2 x 2 seat configuration.

Flybe Dash8-Q400 Seat Map


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Flybe Embraer 195 at Cardiff Airport Image taken by Phil Woods

Embraer 195

The Embraer 195 is a narrow-body medium-range twin-engined jet aircraft produced by Embraer.

The aircraft is powered by two GE CF34-10E engines and carries up to 118 passengers in a 2x 2 seat configuration.

Flybe E190 Seat Map


The Routes

Information supplied by Wales Online

Belfast

The city has been reinventing itself for sometime as a great destination for food and drink and it hosts the second biggest arts festival in the UK. The tourism figures are showing the upward trend for the Northern Irish city. Plus, all this development is being helped by the fans of Game of Thrones flocking to visit locations used in the hit show.

Belfast tourism site: visit-belfast.com

Cardiff (CWL) to Belfast City (BHD)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE282 11:40 12:55 Sa 03-Oct-15 24-Oct-15
BE282 11:40 12:55 Sa 18-Apr-15 25-Apr-15
BE282 12:35 13:50 M T W T F 30-Mar-15 23-Oct-15
BE282 14:05 15:20 M T T F 05-Mar-15 27-Mar-15
BE282 14:35 15:50 Sa 02-May-15 26-Sep-15
BE282 16:55 18:10 Su 08-Mar-15 18-Oct-15
BE282 17:15 18:30 Sa 11-Apr-15 11-Apr-15
BE282 17:20 18:35 Sa 07-Mar-15 28-Mar-15
Belfast City (BHD) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE281 10:00 11:15 Sa 07-Mar-15 24-Oct-15
BE281 10:55 12:10 M T W T F 30-Mar-15 23-Oct-15
BE281 12:25 13:40 M T T F 05-Mar-15 27-Mar-15
BE281 15:15 16:30 Su 08-Mar-15 18-Oct-15

Cork

The compact city is crammed full of great architecture and fantastic foodie options. The Venice of Ireland is built on waterways and the city centre is an island in the River Lee. Close to Cork is Kinsale, the gourmet capital of Ireland, and also nearby is the kissable Blarney Stone.

Belfast tourism site: www.discoverireland.ie

Cardiff (CWL) to Cork (ORK)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4541 06:50 07:55 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4541 13:50 14:55 Sa 06-Jun-15 29-Aug-15
BE4541 15:10 16:15 T 01-Sep-15 20-Oct-15
Cork (ORK) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4542 08:25 09:20 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4542 15:25 16:20 Sa 06-Jun-15 29-Aug-15
BE4542 16:45 17:40 T 01-Sep-15 20-Oct-15

Dublin

An easy city to navigate on foot. There is more to the city than Guinness, but a visit to the factory is a must for most visitors. Not only do you learn everything about how a pint of the black stuff, but you can enjoy a complimentary one as well. There are plenty of museums and galleries, and for family fun there is the National Aquatic Centre.

Dublin tourism site: www.visitdublin.com

Cardiff (CWL) to Dublin (DUB)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4515 06:30 07:30 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4515 07:00 08:00 M T W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15
BE4517 20:10 21:10 M T W T F Su 01-Jun-15 04-Sep-15
BE4517 20:10 21:10 M T W T F 06-Sep-15 23-Oct-15
BE4517 20:40 21:40 Su 07-Jun-15 30-Aug-15
Dublin (DUB) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4516 08:00 09:05 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4516 08:30 09:35 M T W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15
BE4518 21:40 22:45 M T W T F Su 06-Sep-15 23-Oct-15
BE4518 21:40 22:45 M T W T F 01-Jun-15 04-Sep-15
BE4518 22:10 23:10 Su 07-Jun-15 30-Aug-15

Düsseldorf

The German city is a must for culture lovers, with 100 galleries, 26 museums and an opera house. Dusseldorf is a great destination for shopaholics. And after all that cultural and retail therapy you can head to the old town with its 260 bars and restaurants in a half mile square area.

Dusseldorf tourism site: www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de

Cardiff (CWL) to Dusseldorf (DUS)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4533 10:15 12:40 M W F 31-Aug-15 02-Oct-15
BE7053 15:25 18:10 Sa 25-Apr-15 03-Oct-15
Dusseldorf (DUS) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4534 13:10 13:55 M W F 31-Aug-15 02-Oct-15
BE7052 14:15 15:00 Sa 25-Apr-15 03-Oct-15

Edinburgh

Flights to the Scottish capital from the Welsh capital are nothing new, but they will now be more frequent. During the annual festival the city comes alive, and a New Year’s Eve in the city should be on everyone’s list of things to do before they die. But whatever time of the year you come there is always something to see or do.

Edinburgh tourism site: www.visitscotland.com/

Cardiff (CWL) to Edinburgh (EDI)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4501 06:30 07:40 M T W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15
BE4501 06:45 07:55 M T W T F Sa 01-Jun-15 29-Aug-15
BE4501 07:00 08:10 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15
BE4501 09:45 10:55 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4503 16:20 17:30 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15
BE4501 16:45 17:55 Su 07-Jun-15 30-Aug-15
BE4503 19:05 20:15 M T W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15
Edinburgh (EDI) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4502 08:20 09:35 M T W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15
BE4502 08:35 09:50 M T W T F Sa 01-Jun-15 29-Aug-15
BE4502 08:40 09:55 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15
BE4502 11:25 12:40 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4505 18:15 19:30 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15
BE4502 18:40 19:55 Su 07-Jun-15 30-Aug-15
BE4505 20:45 22:00 M T W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15

Faro

For a bit of sun there is Portugal’s southern gem. The capital city of the Algarve region is full of beautiful architecture, marina, parks and plazas. There are plenty of beaches nearby.

Faro tourism site: www.visitportugal.com

Cardiff (CWL) to Faro (FAO)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4530 06:30 09:00 Su 07-Jun-15 18-Oct-15
BE4530 10:05 12:35 F 04-Sep-15 23-Oct-15
BE4530 13:20 15:50 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4530 13:50 16:20 T 04-Jun-15 27-Aug-15
BE4530 16:50 19:20 Sa 06-Jun-15 29-Aug-15
Faro (FAO) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4531 09:40 12:15 Su 07-Jun-15 18-Oct-15
BE4531 13:15 15:50 F 04-Sep-15 23-Oct-15
BE4531 16:30 19:05 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4531 17:05 19:40 T 04-Jun-15 27-Aug-15
BE4531 20:00 22:35 Sa 06-Jun-15 29-Aug-15

Glasgow

Since the 1980s the Scottish city has been rebuilding its reputation – becoming a European City of Culture, fa City of Architecture and Design, and Unesco City of Music. And it is the music scene that is a big draw to the city.

Glasgow tourism site: www.visitscotland.com

Cardiff (CWL) to Glasgow (GLA)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4509 10:05 11:15 M T W T 31-Aug-15 22-Oct-15
BE4509 10:20 11:30 T W T Sa 02-Jun-15 29-Aug-15
BE4509 12:45 13:55 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15
Glasgow (GLA) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4510 11:45 13:00 M T W T 31-Aug-15 22-Oct-15
BE4510 12:00 13:15 T W T Sa 02-Jun-15 29-Aug-15
BE4510 14:25 15:40 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15

Jersey

The Island is only nine miles by five, and while that makes it the biggest Channel Island it also makes it very easy to navigate. The War Tunnels are a fascinating trip, along with the castles Mont Orgueil and Elizabeth.

Jeresy tourism site: www.jersey.com

Cardiff (CWL) to Jersey (JER)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4507 10:30 11:15 M F 01-Jun-15 28-Aug-15
BE1345 11:40 12:35 Sa 02-May-15 26-Sep-15
BE4507 18:40 19:25 Sa 05-Sep-15 26-Sep-15
BE4507 20:00 20:45 Su 06-Sep-15 20-Sep-15
Jersey (JER) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4508 11:45 12:35 M F 01-Jun-15 28-Aug-15
BE1346 13:15 14:10 Sa 02-May-15 26-Sep-15
BE4508 19:55 20:45 Sa 05-Sep-15 26-Sep-15
BE4508 21:15 22:05 Su 06-Sep-15 20-Sep-15

Munich

The Bravian city has something for everyone. But a lot of people associate it with one month in particular: October. Oktoberfest brings thousands to the city, but there is far more to it than the annual beer festival, from castles and palaces, to parks and plazas.

Munich tourism site: www.muenchen.de

Cardiff (CWL) to Munich (MUC)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4537 09:50 12:45 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4537 14:10 17:05 M W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15
Munich (MUC) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4538 13:15 14:15 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4538 17:35 18:35 M W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15

Milan

A fashionistas playground. The Italian city all about the trendy shops and the designer clobber on offer. There is also the gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera. Plus you can always take in a game at the San Siro.

Milan tourism site: www.tourism.milan.it

Cardiff (CWL) to Milan Malpensa (MXP)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4535 10:05 13:05 T T 01-Sep-15 22-Oct-15
BE4535 10:35 13:35 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15
BE4535 14:00 17:00 T 02-Jun-15 25-Aug-15
Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4536 13:45 14:50 T T 01-Sep-15 22-Oct-15
BE4536 14:15 15:20 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15
BE4536 17:40 18:45 T 02-Jun-15 25-Aug-15

Paris

The City of Light. The City of Love. Whatever you want to call it a great weekend destination with so much to do. Cardiff Airport has had flights to Paris for a while but the Flybe flights will add to the frequency.

Paris tourism site: en.parisinfo.com

Cardiff (CWL) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4512 15:00 17:20 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4512 16:20 18:40 M W F 01-Jun-15 28-Aug-15
BE4512 16:25 18:45 M T W T F Su 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15
Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4513 15:50 16:00 Su 07-Jun-15 30-Aug-15
BE4513 18:00 18:10 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4513 19:20 19:30 M T W T F Su 01-Sep-15 23-Oct-15
BE4513 19:20 19:30 M W F 01-Jun-15 31-Aug-15

Flybe confirms new 11 route network and base at Cardiff Airport

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Europe’s largest regional airline, Flybe, has announced it is to create a new base at Cardiff Airport this summer in a move which will see 11 routes, 50 new jobs created and over half a million extra seats on sale from Wales’ national airport.

The new network includes flights to existing routes between Cardiff and Belfast, Düsseldorf and Jersey, plus new routes between Cardiff and Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro, Glasgow, Munich, Milan and Paris.

Seats will go on sale on Friday 6th March at www.flybe.com, with fares available from £24.99 one way.

Two of the airline’s 118-seat Embraer 195 aircraft will be based at the Airport: the first from 1 June 2015, the second arriving on 1 September 2015. Jobs will include flight crew and ground handling staff.

The announcement follows the signing of a long-term agreement between Flybe and Cardiff Airport.

Saad Hammad, CEO, Flybe said: “We are delighted to launch these exciting new routes from Cardiff Airport. We have been looking to find a productive home for our surplus E195 aircraft and we are delighted at this agreement with Cardiff Airport which involves us basing two of these jets there to serve the Welsh market with great value fares and further improving UK regional connectivity.”

Lord Rowe-Beddoe, Chairman, Cardiff Airport, said: “Our customers want greater choice in routes, more frequent services and better value flights. This new Flybe base is most welcome news for our passengers as it will bring new destinations and increased services from a popular great-value airline, as well as creating opportunities to encourage more visitors to come to Wales.”

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones said: Flybe’s announcement that it is opening a new base operating 11 routes from Cardiff Airport is fantastic news. We’ve always said that we want the airport to be a gateway to Wales, as something that will drive our economy by bringing tourists and business to the country. We’ve already invested in improving the overall customer experience at Cardiff Airport and the new routes to major European destinations, as well as the creation of 50 new jobs, demonstrates Flybe’s commitment to the Airport and will help to make it the success we know it can be.”

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 About Cardiff Airport

Flybe currently operates services to Belfast City, Geneva and Jersey from Cardiff Airport. Over 50 direct routes are available from Cardiff Airport with more than 900 destinations available with connections.

The Airport directly supports over 1700 jobs in South Wales and forms part of the Welsh Government’s Cardiff Airport – St Athan Enterprise Zone.

To find out more about destinations from Cardiff visit www.cardiff-airport.com


Flybe undecided on airport expansion options

Flybe undecided on airport expansion optionsThe importance of regional air links and the damaging impact of Air Passenger Duty have both been highlighted as key issues for consideration by the Airports Commission.

Flybe, in its submission to the commission which is considering three options for airport expansion in the southeast, says the decision about a new runway should be based primarily on strategic and economic ‘national’ considerations.

The regional carrier, which sold its Gatwick slots to easyJet and is facing increased competition on new routes from London City airport, says that there “does not appear to be any clear and verified ‘show-stoppers’ that would automatically rule out any of the short-listed schemes”.

The shortlisted options are a third runway at Heathrow, a runway extension at the west London hub and a second runway at Gatwick.

The airline says it unable to express a clear preference publicly as much depends on the commercial terms offered “and we have not yet had sufficient clarity on these”.

However, Flybe confirms that it would be interested in re-building operations from Gatwick if a new runway is given the green light, subject to a sufficient number of affordable slots being made available for regional airlines at attractive times of the day.

Flybe’s evidence – seen by Travel Weekly – describes the weakest areas of the commission’s work to-date as including:

  • Clarity regarding regional access to new slots coming out of new runway infrastructure.
  • Extraction of binding commitments over such slots.
  • Its decision to “shy away” from any engagement over the “crucial issue” of the form and structure of APD.

Flybe points out work it has carried out demonstrates how changes to the scale of APD and the way in which it is raised “could materially improve the value of a new runway to the UK’s regions, and our millions of regional customers”.

The airline adds: “Our overriding view remains that in the absence of a thorough analysis on APD the commission is not fully factoring in the potential benefits from guaranteed and affordable regional connectivity at a new or enhanced national hub.”

Flybe also suggests the use of RAF Northolt, to the north of Heathrow, as a potential location for regional air services.

The military airfield, which is also used by private business aircraft, could “single-handedly deliver some beneficial outcomes” while new runway capacity is being built.

“We refer to the temporary or permanent use of RAF Northolt for regional air services,” Flybe says, suggesting this option has been overlooked by the commission.

“We believe this facility, which is owned and operated by the government, offers significant potential and we would be very keen to explore with the commission and/or government what might be done to realise that potential quickly and cost effectively.

“We know there is enormous appetite for such a solution amongst many of the regions we serve.”

Sourced from Travel Weekly


Ryanair calls on high fare airlines to drop fuel surcharges

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Airlines such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have been urged by Ryanair to drop fuel surcharges and pass on savings from falling oil prices to customers.

The low-cost carrier is urging UK consumers not to pay unnecessary charges by avoiding high fare airlines.

Ryanair is also calling on all airlines operating in the UK, including Flybe, Jet 2, Monarch, Thomson and Thomas Cook, to confirm they do not impose fuel surcharges on customers.

Chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, said: “It’s grossly unfair on consumers that high fare airlines such as BA and Virgin continue to charge fuel surcharges, squeezing customers for every last drop.

“As oil prices continually fall, these savings should be passed on to customers.

“Our advice is simple – don’t let these high fare airlines hold you over a barrel.”

He added: “Ryanair guarantees no fuel surcharges ever and we’ll continue to lower air fares for UK customers, as millions more Britons choose to fly Ryanair.

“We call on all airlines operating in the UK to confirm to that they don’t impose fuel surcharges on their customers.”

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Flybe appoints new director of sales and distribution

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Flybe has appointed Phil Delaney as its new director of sales and distribution.

Delaney will manage the airline’s corporate sales team and will have responsibility for business customers and trade partners. He will focus on driving ticket sales and growth.

Delaney joins from Trainline.com where he most recently took up the position of business development director for retail solutions.

Paul Simmons, Flybe’s chief commercial officer says: “With nearly half of Flybe’s passengers travelling for business and with a large travel trade component, our corporate sales division plays an absolutely crucial role.

“It is critical that we offer our clients the requisite support and products they need and that we not only continue to expand but also to nurture those existing relationships. I am delighted to have Phil on board and look forward to him leading his team to continuing success.”

Delaney said: “Flybe is emerging from a period of transformation and I look forward to bringing my previous experience to bear at such an exciting time, and in the commercial aviation field that is such a dynamic and ever-changing environment.”

Delaney is replacing Stephen Hobday, who left Flybe last month after 14 years with the company.

Simmons added: “Stephen hands over his department in robust shape and I would like to thank him for his contribution to the company and wish him all the very best for the future.”

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Flybe reports improvement, but shares sink

Flybe reports improvement, but shares sinkShares in regional carrier Flybe sank in value this morning despite the airline reporting an improvement in trading.

The share price was down 23% to around 69.50p on the back of a third quarter trading update issued to the markets.

Flybe said the three months to the end of December had seen improvements in its core business and that it will continue to fine-tune new routes and compete aggressively for customers.

The airline saw a 2.4% growth in passenger revenue per seat to £50.23 in the quarter and a 5.5 percentage point increase in load factor to 74.3%.

This was driven by a 5.2% reduction in passenger yield  to £67.65. The airline also saw a  6.1% reduction in seat capacity to 2.5 million seats in the quarter.

However, Flybe said hedging means it will see minimal impact of the reduction in  fuel prices and the strengthening US dollar in 2015 or in 2016.

The airline said: “At group level, total group cost (excluding surplus capacity and USD loan  revaluations) reduced by 4.7% to £133.7 million.”

Flybe said its forward booking profile for the fourth quarter shows seat capacity of 2.6 million, up by 14% year on year, and 36% of seats sold as at January 20 versus 34% the previous year.

Chief executive Saad Hammad said: “Flybe’s improvement in its core UK business continues to progress. “Only a year into our three year transformation we now have a platform which enables us to compete in a tough environment where the consumer demands value.

“We have responded to that by keeping our fares low and launching new routes.

“Having removed nearly a $1bn of future liabilities over the course of this year in relation to the firm legacy order for additional Embraer E175 aircraft and ongoing losses of Flybe Finland, we are making solid progress towards finding a solution to our remaining legacy issue, Project Blackbird.

“We are now well positioned to continue our positive momentum towards delivering sustained profitability and value to shareholders.”

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