Flybe. is reporting massive passenger increases on its Channel Islands’ routes when comparing the period April to July 2002 with the same period last year.
“We are particularly pleased to see this huge growth in passengers on a number of our routes into the Channel Islands. Our regional routes are doing especially well with Birmingham, Scotland, Exeter and Dublin all showing terrific growth,” said Ian Taylor, General Manager Market Development.
The latest figures show Birmingham passenger numbers have increased by 15%, Exeter by 20% and Dublin by a staggering 51% over last year.
“It is critically important that the Islands retain their regional services for both visitors and residents alike,” continues Ian Taylor. “It is still possible to increase passenger numbers travelling to the Islands, if the fare, service levels and importantly, frequency are designed to suit the traveller. All of these issues were addressed when British European re-launched as flybe. earlier this year and the results now speak for
Flybe.`s Jersey-London City service has recorded significant growth, bucking the general trend for the London and south-east market, which is relatively static in terms of passenger numbers year-on-year. The Channel Islands are facing increasing competition from other short haul destinations and the
airlines have to work even harder to retain passenger numbers from the south-east region.
“Overall these passenger figures are spectacular and we are greatly heartened by the positive response to the changes we have introduced following the launch of flybe.” continues Ian Taylor, “We aim to build on these successes, subsequent to the implementation of new pricing and marketing strategies.
“We were recently named as the most punctual airline at London Gatwick on domestic services from the airport,” said Ian Taylor, “Again, this is a great endorsement of what we are striving to achieve with this new generation of airline. This result is especially pleasing given the increasing pressures regarding punctuality facing the airlines, such as Air
Traffic Control issues. We aim to improve on these figures of over 60% of our flights being on time.”
The report showed flybe. as the most punctual airline in July with BA CityExpress and British Airways the poorest, with figures of 49% and 48.1% respectively.*