Regional Carrier Flybe Cuts Routes Across the UK as of October

Jul 17, 2019

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As of October 2019, Flybe is reducing its routes from airports all across the UK after it made a decision to stop using its fleet of Embraer 195 aircraft. The airline’s bases in Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield and Exeter will be most affected, with the first of the changes starting in October. All routes operated by E195s from the bases mentioned will cease operation, and the aircraft will be returned to their lessors by the end of the financial year.

Flybe will continue to operate flights from Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield and Exeter using its smaller 78-seat Bombardier Q-400 aircraft, which the airline says is ‘the backbone’ of its network. There will also be changes to some routes operated by the slightly smaller Embraer 175, which will be replaced by the Bombardier Q-400. The airline’s CEO Christine Ourmières-Widener said in a press release: “Our fleet reduction has always been core to improving our profitability”.

Flybe aircraft landing in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in The Netherlands. The aircraft is a turboprop De Havilland Canada DHC-8-400 with registration G-JEDR and name Spirit of Dublin. Flybe has in service 78 regional aircrafts, 54 of them are Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 and there are 4 more Embraer 175 in order. The airline is bases in Exeter, England and flights to 85 destinations. Flybe connects Amsterdam to Birmingham, Doncaster / Sheffield, East Midlands, Exeter, London City, Manchester and Southampton. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
(Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The cutting back on routes comes at a time when the airline has more flights than ever into London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR), with six direct return flights to Edinburgh (EDI) per day other than Saturday, when there are five. The Dash 8 is the smallest commercial aircraft to use Heathrow’s runways.

If you have any doubts over the status of your booking with Flybe, it’s advised to speak with the airline, which will be equipped to let you know the status of your flight(s).

Detailed below are the routes that will be cancelled at Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield and Exeter.

Cardiff (CWL)

Seven of the airline’s 17 routes will end:
Faro (FAO) — Last flight 26 October
Glasgow (GLA) — Last flight 25 October
Milan Malpensa (MXP) — Last flight 28 September
Munich (MUC) — Last flight 6 September
Rome (FCO) — Last flight 7 September
Verona (VRN) — Last flight 7 September
Venice (VCE) — Last flight 7 September

Doncaster/Sheffield (DSA)

Four of the airline’s 10 routes will end:
Alicante (ALC) — Last flight 26 October
Dublin (DUB) —  Last flight 25 October
Jersey (JER) — Last flight 26 October
Paris (CDG) — Last flight 25 October

Exeter (EXT)

Three of the airline’s 20 routes will end:
Alicante (ALC) — Last flight 25 October
Faro (FAO) — Last flight 26 October
Malaga (AGP) — Last flight 26 October
Norwich (NWI) — Last flight 25 October

The move to end its Embraer 195-operated routes comes on the heels of the airline’s shift in strategy following its acquisition by Virgin Atlantic.

(Featured photo by John Keeble/Getty Images)

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