Flybe enters Belgian market with codeshare deal

Flybe has announced a new
interline codeshare agreement with Brussels
Airlines.Flights go on sale today for travel from 2nd September 2007
in a deal that gives Flybe passengers increased travel options to the
Belgian capital from additional regional bases across the UK. 

Brussels Airlines clients will also enjoy more travel flexibility on the
Manchester-Brussels route thanks to this partnership that will also be
of special interest to business passengers. They will have the added
value of being able to book through travel agents and Flybe’s call
centre, offering a choice of six daily flights instead of Flybe’s
existing three from Manchester.

In addition, the codeshare adds a number of new Brussels
Airlines-operated services to Brussels to Flybe’s route network,
including Birmingham-Brussels (6 daily flights), Newcastle-Brussels (2
daily flights) and Bristol-Brussels (2 daily flights) offering
passengers increased choice and flexibility when travelling to this key
European city.

Passengers will also be able to take advantage of a new Flybe-operated,
twice daily service from Southampton to Brussels which starts on 28th
October.

Mike Rutter, Chief Commercial Officer, Flybe comments: “Today’s
codeshare announcement with Brussels Airlines sees Flybe taking a
significant step into the Belgian market.  Our existing services to the
capital are extremely popular with our business passengers in particular
and this new codeshare is a great opportunity for us to respond to
customer demand and provide travellers with even more regional departure
points to Brussels.”

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Erik Follet, Executive Vice President Network of Brussels Airlines,
comments:  “We look forward to welcoming Flybe passengers on our popular
regional UK-Brussels routes. Thanks to this partnership we will now be
able to offer Brussels Airlines clients up to six daily departures on
the Manchester-Brussels route. With Southampton, we add a fifth UK
region to our network. Just like Flybe, Brussels Airlines offers a
punctual and value for money service that suits the demand of passengers
travelling for business or leisure. We are really looking forward to
this partnership.”
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