Flybe serves Aberdeen, Belfast City, Bergerac in France,
Guernsey, Inverness, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Newcastle
to ATI during a recent media briefing
Flybe chief operating
officer Mike Rutter said:
“We’ve made some fairly substantial investment in London Gatwick.
purchased eight pairs of slots since the turn of the year to launch services to
and we’re actively looking to acquire new slots.”
Rutter says Flybe
has moved from being in 15th place at London Gatwick to become the
third-largest carrier in terms of movements, and the fifth-largest in terms of
Flybe has 28 daily slots at the
airport and is looking to secure as many as possible.
are looking to add UK domestic destinations and are also interested in the
possibility of re-introducing services from London Gatwick to underserved
European business destinations,” says Rutter.
Flybe has 28 new routes on sale this year, with new bases at Cardiff, Newcastle and Aberdeen.
Rutter says it the airline
is evaluating some new European business destinations from Cardiff, adding to its current
destinations: Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Newcastle
and Paris Charles de Gaulle.
He says: “The three that we are looking at are Brussels,
Frankfurt and Dusseldorf,
as well as a range of other French regional destinations.”
In the past Flybe
has shown an interest in duplicating its business model in other European
countries, with candidate markets including Scandinavia, France
But Rutter says: “We believe that we still have the
opportunity to develop in the UK,
concentrating on Aberdeen, Inverness, Newcastle, Leeds, Cardiff
and Newquay. Once we have
fully explored that expansion we will export our business model to other
countries. It will be within the next two years.”