Flybe, the UK’s Number One Domestic Airline, announces that - following the apparent withdrawal from January 29th of winter services between Birmingham and Glasgow by low cost carrier bmibaby - it has significantly increased frequency on this key route to cover the resulting shortfall with seats available now for booking at www.flybe.com.
The gap that has suddenly opened up and obviously hit passengers hard wishing to travel on this popular route has seen Flybe inundated with increased demand for seats to and from Birmingham and Glasgow in recent days.
Should the demise of bmibaby’s services on this route eventually turn out to be one that is permanent and not just a temporary cost-cutting move, it would not be the first time that Flybe has been left holding the baby and stepped in to rescue the day for regional passengers.
Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer says: “Flybe’s overriding priority is keeping Britain on the move. While other airlines unfortunately continue to retrench and cut yet more services, we remain committed to filling as many of these abandoned routes as possible so that business and leisure travellers can still have a wide choice of affordable and convenient options to key destinations.
“Flybe appreciates how crucial regional connectivity is as businesses work hard to climb out of these tough economic times and no other UK carrier has yet exhibited a bigger commitment to supporting the UK regions through thick and thin. This is why we have stepped in so quickly to make sure that passengers wanting to travel between Birmingham and Glasgow are not left in the lurch.”
He continues: “As our regional economies slowly climb out of recession, we understand how crucial travel is to thousands of businesses up and down the country. These two cities are playing an important role as real engines of recovery for UK plc and Flybe aims to do everything possible to help them in whatever way we can.”
Flybe currently operates up to 78 flights a week between Birmingham and Glasgow using a combination of its fuel efficient 78-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft and 118-seat Embraer 195 jet both of which feature a popular and roomy 2x2 seat configuration. One way fares are from £25.99 including taxes and airport charges.