Flybe unveils eight seasonal routes

Flybe unveils eight seasonal routes

Eight seasonal routes are being introduced by Flybe over the festive period to meet demand for travel to popular destinations in France and the UK.

The move comes as the regional carrier reported an 11% rise in bookings for the December 21-January 5 period over the same time a year earlier.

Routes posting the highest increase in bookings include Manchester and Leeds Bradford to Newquay: and Exeter to Edinburgh and London City.

The most popular festive routes are Edinburgh–Southampton, Aberdeen–Manchester, Birmingham–Edinburgh, Glasgow-Southampton and Gatwick-Newquay.

The eight seasonal routes are from Southampton to Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Limoges and Rennes; Birmingham to Nantes and Newquay; and Manchester to Nantes and Rennes.

The airline hopes to capture domestic travellers away from forecast rail disruption and roadworks over Christmas.

Flybe has scheduled 5,892 flights across 135 routes over the Christmas and new year period, with more than a third offering more than two flights a day,

Interim chief commercial officer Ronnie Matheson said: “The festive season is a time when those travelling to be with friends and family need to have confidence in their chosen arrangements.

“While there are often adverse weather conditions to overcome in this period however we travel, it is good to see that many people are choosing to fly to avoid road and rail chaos and take advantage of some winter sun.”

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