A few days ago Flybe, the largest scheduled carrier to operate out of Birmingham Airport, announced a new route to Berlin Tegel Airport, which will fly five times a week from Oct 26th.
This route will undoubtedly appeal both to leisure travellers and business people. Berlin offers much in terms of culture and nightlife, and it is one of the best value German destinations for tourists, with good public transport links both within the city and further afield. It is also an important commercial centre for a large number of sectors.
In May, Flybe also launched new routes from Birmingham to Hamburg and Oslo which will also start operating in October. Winter 2014/15 will see Flybe operate 26 routes from Birmingham with up to 350 flights a day, making the airport Flybe’s biggest base.
In April, it was announced that Flybe had signed a five-year deal to operate out of London City Airport with flights starting in October. The first routes will be to Inverness, Exeter, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh, although the airline has plans to extend its scope to the ski resorts of Europe as well as to other destinations in France and Spain.
Flight timings on its first routes will be such that business people will be able to fly into the heart of London’s City, conduct their business and fly home again the same day.
At the moment Flybe operates flights to 16 countries on 171 routes. The company had previously been forced to reduce its operations because of financial pressure but its fortunes seem to be on the up, with £150 million raised earlier in 2014 to fund expansion.