Flybe has launched three brand new routes to its 2014-15 winter schedule – daily services to Dublin from Inverness and London Southend, and also between Southampton and Hamburg.
In addition, the airline also confirms its popular sun routes from Southampton to Alicante, Malaga and Faro have been extended to operate through October and November, to accommodate half term travel.
The two Spanish destinations will continue through as part of Flybe’s extensive winter schedule out of the south coast airport.
These flights will be operated by one of Flybe’s 118-seat Embraer 195 jets.
The airline’s expanded winter schedule also features additional flights on some of its key existing routes out of Manchester, Inverness and Dublin, all busy hub airports that offer a comprehensive choice of convenient onward connections to long-haul destinations.
Paul Simmons, Flybe chief commercial officer, commented: “Today’s announcement is a clear indication of our appetite to maintain momentum with our measured plans for growth.
“We are committed to increasing connectivity, both for business and leisure passengers across the UK regions and Europe and are doing so by using a rigorous profitability analysis and utilising our strict route assessment model.
“Dublin is a key European hub providing convenient onward travel to the US in particular.
“We forecast that our new services to Ireland’s capital will more than double our passenger growth into and out of its airport.
“We are of course pleased to add this destination to our services not only from Inverness but also from London Southend and will be monitoring its success closely with an eye towards possible expansion.
“We also look forward to operating our new Southampton to Hamburg service that, for the first time, will connect two of the world’s leading cruise-ship ports and the industries that support them.”
Flybe will operate a total of 96 routes for winter 2014-15 with a choice of up to 2,583 flights a week.