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Published on : Monday, May 18, 2015
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has today (Monday 18th May 2015) officially opened a brand new base at Bournemouth Airport from where it will operate initially two 78-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft flying nine routes. These feature a total choice of up to 53 flights a week to and from Amsterdam, Biarritz, Deauville, Dublin, Glasgow, Jersey, Manchester, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Toulon–Hyères.
To celebrate the opening of the new base, that has the potential to support up to 50 airport jobs, the airline named one of its purple-branded Bombardier Q400 aircraft, the ‘Spirit of Bournemouth’. The plane naming breakfast was hosted jointly by Flybe CEO, Saad Hammad and Bournemouth Airport MD, Paul Knight.
Bournemouth passengers now have fast, easy access to a wide range of attractive leisure destinations plus a choice of city routes that offer day returns for business passengers. Flybe is expected to fly in the region of 300,000 passengers annually on these new Bournemouth routes.
The new twice daily Manchester service that started today forms a key part of the new schedule as it opens up an extensive choice of convenient, seamless, onward connections not only to the rest of the Flybe network but also to the rest of the world via Flybe’s codeshare partners when booked through a travel agent.
Flybe CEO, Saad Hammad, said: “The opening of our new Bournemouth base marks yet another important milestone for Flybe. It enhances and extends our already established presence along the South Coast and is set to play a key role in growing and expanding further our regional connectivity. The added choice of routes is important not only for those travelling on business but also for those of our passengers travelling for leisure or when visiting family and friends. Having the choice of fast, convenient and affordable travel options from your local airport is something we consider a necessity, not a luxury.
“I’d like to add how heartened we are by the enthusiastic welcome we have received from the Manchester Airports Group, the local business community and tourism stakeholders. Their support has been tremendous and we are all working hard to ensure our new operation best serves the needs of the local community and delivers a significant boost to inbound tourism.”
Paul Knight, Managing Director at Bournemouth Airport added: “The whole team at Bournemouth is absolutely delighted to welcome Flybe to the airport. The announcement is a clear indication of Flybe’s confidence and commitment in Bournemouth’s standing as a key airport for the South West.
“Couple the job creation with the inbound tourism spend we’re likely to see, it clearly shows this base at Bournemouth is a positive economic driver for the whole region.”
Flybe started operating the first of its new routes from Bournemouth at the end of March with a double daily service to Glasgow. Bournemouth is a convenient starting point for those wanting to fly to the many attractive destinations now available with Flybe such as routes to Deauville, Toulon and Biarritz. It takes just under an hour to head over to fashionable Deauville on the Normandy coast that, affectionately known as the ‘Jewel of la Côte Fleurie’, was the favourite haunt of Napoleon – and of Coco Chanel! As well as a busy calendar of local events and a host of chic boutiques, visitors can enjoy the sea air on the Promenade des Planches, or take a day trip to the D-Day beaches.
Home to the World Surfing Championships, Biarritz has something for everyone and its mild climate makes it a popular year-round destination. Visitors are drawn to enjoy the beaches famed for its great surfing, golf, local food and craft markets and its historic elegance, from where the Pyrenees are visible on a clear day.
Visitors to Toulon can wander around and discover all the attractions of the historic port that is located around a rocky bay on the Mediterranean coast. The harbour is crowned with ancient fortifications and is a short walk from the old town, a pedestrian area with narrow streets, small squares, numerous fountains and the much-celebrated Toulon Cathedral. The area is also home to the celebrated Provençal market which takes place every morning on the Cours Lafayette.