Flybe starts new flights from Aberdeen to London City
Flybe has today launched its new routes from Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Exeter, Dublin and Inverness to London City Airport in a major expansion, providing direct links for customers throughout the UK and Ireland to the heart of London’s financial district.
Six purple Flybe planes were christened in the “Spirit of the Regions” theme and a naming ceremony took place at Aberdeen Airport by First Minister Alex Salmond, alongside John Palmer of Flybe. Together they unveiled “Spirit of Aberdeen aircraft, ahead of the inaugural flight’s take off.
Speaking at the event First Minister Alex Salmond, said: “Improving Scotland’s connectivity is one of this Government’s top priorities as it will help build strong business links and provide a real boost to our tourism industry.
“Having a service between Aberdeen and the heart of London is incredibly important for companies in the north east looking to do business further afield. It also gives visitors another link to the fantastic tourist experience on offer in the north east of Scotland.
“I’m delighted to see this new service get off the ground this morning and the Scottish Government will continue to support Aberdeen Airport to grow the number of routes to and from the city.”
Managing Director of Aberdeen Airport, Carol Benzie said: “I am delighted to be helping launch the inaugural flight this morning. The fact that Flybe have picked up the route so promptly means no drop in service for customers wishing to get to London City airport and for that the airport and the passengers are very grateful.
“This is a strategic business route as well as being a convenient way to access London for leisure travellers and we wish them every success.”
Saad Hammad, CEO of Flybe said: “From today, purple Flybe aircraft will be a regular feature in the skies between Aberdeen and London City as we begin our new regular daily services. This can only benefit our brand profile and reach over the longer term as knowledge of Flybe's role in connecting Scotland with London becomes more widespread.
“Our new London City routes provide direct links for customers travelling to the heart of London’s financial district. They also offer City of London and Canary Wharf customers faster and more efficient access to the UK regions and neighbouring European destinations than travelling via Heathrow or Gatwick, or travelling by road or rail."
Flybe expects that 64,000 passengers annually will fly on the new route. The airline will offer up to three flights a day between Aberdeen to London with prices starting from £49.99 one way. Today also marks the start of its Flybe Shuttle service between Aberdeen and Jersey, stopping off at Leeds Bradford and Southampton, where passengers depart and join during the brief touch-downs. This innovative approach to air travel means passengers on UK flights can remain on board the plane between landing and take-off, avoiding the trouble of changing aircraft. There will be up to three flights a day serving the shuttle route, flying both northbound and southbound.
As announced on 10 October, Flybe customers will also be able to collect Avios travel rewards from today.