Flybe secures London City slots

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Flybe has secured slots at London City airport but has not disclosed if and when it will begin flights from the city gateway.

Airport Co-ordination Limited’s (ACL) summer 2014 schedule shows the UK regional airline has been allocated slots and plans to operate 101,248 seats and 1,298 air traffic movements during the summer, but it does not divulge where the carrier plans to operate to.

ACL says that Flybe is free to inform of the routes it will operate at short notice but will need to use them this year or it will lose them.

Flybe was set to all but exit the London market from April 2014 after selling its slots at London Gatwick to EasyJet last year for £20 million ($30 million). It will continue to operate one service to Newquay from this date after acquiring off-peak slots.

“Flybe is in discussions with a number of airports regarding the potential development of new bases, in line with its strategy communicated in November 2013 and during its recent firm placing and open offer. No final decisions have been made as yet. Flybe will issue further announcements as appropriate,” the airline says.