Passengers are set to benefit from more choice on flights between London and Scotland as Flybe’s new flights from Edinburgh and Aberdeen touch down at Heathrow today.
In a milestone for Heathrow, Flybe - Europe’s largest regional airline – has become the first domestic carrier to begin operating at the UK’s hub since 2013.
The move follows Heathrow’s introduction of a £10 reduction in domestic passenger charges in January as an effort to boost domestic connections at the airport.
Flybe services operate from Heathrow’s award-winning Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal providing passengers with convenient connections onto Star Alliance’s network of 44 global destinations served directly from Heathrow, as well as convenient transfers onto flights from Flybe’s codeshare partners Emirates, Virgin, Etihad and Singapore Airlines in the nearby Terminal 3.
Flybe chief executive Christine Ourmieres-Widener, said: “We are so pleased to confirm further our commitment to Scotland by offering even more flights to London with our two new routes from Edinburgh and Aberdeen to Heathrow’s Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal, giving passengers greater choice and also linking them with our range of codeshare partners through our ‘One Stop to the World’ approach.
“Passengers can, for example, fly onwards with Virgin Atlantic to Los Angeles or New York, or fly east with Singapore Airlines – all on one ticket from Edinburgh or Aberdeen.
“Early bookings show this is an increasingly important part of the booking profile for these two new routes and we look forward to adding even more codeshare partners shortly.”
Emphasising the role Heathrow plays in boosting communities and businesses across the UK, politicians from across the political divide have united in lauding Flybe’s new routes.
Heathrow operations director Derek Provan added: “Earlier this year, Heathrow reduced domestic passenger charges by £10 and it’s great to see the benefits of that coming through with Flybe’s new services to Aberdeen and Edinburgh boosting choice for our passengers.
“More airlines flying routes to Scottish airports means more flights, more competition and choice for families, and more visitors to Scotland.
“With Flybe operating from the award-winning Terminal 2, Scottish passengers and businesses now have direct access from Heathrow to over 180 global destinations including some of the fastest growing export markets around the world.
“We’re delighted to welcome them to the Heathrow family.”