Flybe has today announced it is to launch direct flights from London Heathrow to Aberdeen and Edinburgh from 26 March 2017.
The slots to operate these flights will be sourced from British Airways. As a condition of the purchase by its parent company, International Airlines Group, of bmi British Midland from Lufthansa in 2012, IAG is required to make slots available to eligible airlines for certain designated city pairs including London to Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The process is overseen by independent trustee.
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The Severn Tunnel, which the Great Western Railway operates through between London Paddington and South Wales, is to close for six weeks from Monday 12 September 2016 and Friday 21 October 2016.
As a consequence of the closure trains will be diverted and journey times from London Paddington to South Wales will increase by up to 40 minutes.
In response Flybe has launched a temporary service between London City airport and Cardiff airport from 12 September 2016 to 21 October 2016. Flights will operate up to four times daily on weekdays and twice daily on Saturdays and Sundays. Flights will be operated by VLM Airlines on behalf of Flybe.
Flights are on sale now and a full timetable is available from Flybe.
This is not the first scheduled passenger service between London City and Cardiff. Air Wales operated a short-lived service between London City, Cardiff and Swansea airports in 2006.
Further details on the Severn Tunnel closure are available from GWR and Network Rail.
Flybe is to suspend its London City – Dublin route from 31 May 2015, a little over six months after Flybe opened a base at the airport.
Passengers have been offered either a refund or an alternative flight on Flybe. The London City – Dublin route is served by CityJet and British Airways and the amount of capacity on the route is a likely factor behind Flybe’s decision.
FlyBe has this morning announced it will set up a base at London City airport, launching new routes to Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter and Inverness from Monday 27 October.
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The Sunday Times has interesting story (Sunday Times Paywall) which states that Flybe is in discussions with easyJet to sell its portfolio of slots at London Gatwick airport.
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