FlyBE. Soars with 37.3% Growth

FlyBE., the UK?s third largest low fares airline, saw a 37.3% year on year
increase for October, carrying 274,630 passengers. (i).  Load factor
increased 11.1 percentage points to an average 72.9%.  FlyBE.?s new winter
routes ? Chambery, Edinburgh, Prague and Salzburg from Southampton;
Birmingham to Salzburg and Bristol to Toulouse, which commenced on 26
October have all started with strong load factors.

In addition, the airline?s new routes for Summer 2004 from Exeter to
Alicante, Malaga, Murcia, Belfast City, Edinburgh and Glasgow are already
seeing unprecedented levels of bookings more than six months before services
Other developments influencing FlyBE?s business during October are as

- Recent statistics from the CAA show that FlyBE. routes between
Belfast-Birmingham, Birmingham- Edinburgh/ Glasgow, Southampton-Dublin and
Jersey- London Gatwick continue to develop strong market share positions.
Shares of between 50 and 70% on these routes have been achieved against both
traditional and low cost competition.
- The airline?s Ancillary revenues continue to grow strongly. New contracts
have been signed with hotel, insurance, foreign currency and car parking
companies and further expansion of network partnership agreements is
expected in the next few months.
Since FlyBE?s transformation from British European to FlyBE. in August
2002, the airline has launched a record number of new routes from the UK
regions.  With the start of its winter timetable, the airline will offer 25
international and 17 domestic destinations.

Internet bookings now account for 80% of all reservations and FlyBE. has
become the largest low fare airline press advertiser with a £10 million
annual spend.
FlyBE. will carry four million passengers network wide this year with a
31-strong aircraft fleet.  Turnover at the airline will rise to £236 million
in 2003/2004, up from £213 million this year.

FlyBE is the largest scheduled airline at Birmingham, Belfast City,
Channel Islands and Southampton Airports.