Flybe puts winter seats on sale earlier than last year

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A new route from Cardiff to Berlin Tegel airport will run next winter together with 24 services extended from the summer.

The regional airline has put 3.1 million seats on sale early in the first phase of its 2016-17 winter schedule with prices starting at £17.49 one-way.

Up to 3,000 flights a week will operate on 114 routes between October 30 and January 31, 2017.

The remainder of the schedule, including winter sun routes, will be announced by early May, according to the airline.

Routes continuing over from this summer include those from Doncaster Sheffield airport, four new routes funded under the government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund - Dundee–Amsterdam’ Exeter–Norwich and Southampton to Munich and Lyon, and the airline’s first two intra-European services from Hannover to Lyons and Milan.

The airline will also be deploying an Embraer E195 regional jet for the first time in winter on the Gatwick-Newquay route with up to 38 flights a week.

A total of 16 ski routes will be operated over the winter period.

The airline’s chief revenue officer, Vincent Hodder, said: “Many of our customers have told us they want to plan ahead in order to take advantage of the lowest possible fares so we have ensured that this year we have put the majority of our 2016-17 winter programme on sale extra early.

“The diversity of our winter destinations is ideal for those wanting to book early, affordable business travel as well as those looking for short leisure breaks especially over the autumn half-term and Christmas/New Year period.

“To ensure the lowest possible fares, we would advise customers to book their travel for next winter now.”

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