UK regional airlines take over some of Flybe’s axed routes

Mar 6, 2020

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Following the collapse of Flybe on Wednesday night, there has been much speculation around what will happen next regarding the many U.K. routes that the airline operated and how it will affect travellers up and down the country.

Several smaller U.K. regional carriers have stepped in to take over some of the routes, including Aurigny, Eastern Airways and Loganair.

Here is a round-up of the routes that each of the airlines will be taking.

Aurigny

Aurigny, based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands, announced on Friday that it will launch two new permanent services to and from Guernsey to replace those lost through Flybe’s collapse.

The routes will be:

  • Guernsey (GCI) ⇒ Birmingham — starting 11 March
  • Guernsey (GCI) ⇒ Exeter — starting 12 March

The schedule and frequency have yet to be confirmed, however, the airline has commented that initially, the flights won’t be every day.

Tickets will go on sale from Saturday 7 March through the airline’s website.

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Eastern Airways

Once a franchise partner of the now-defunct Flybe, Humberside Airport (HUY)-based Eastern Airways will return to operating its own scheduled flights. In the short-term, the airline will honour any Flybe services operated by Eastern Airways on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The three Flybe routes that it will be taking over are as follows:

  • Aberdeen (ABZ) ⇒ Birmingham (BHX)
  • Southampton (SOU) ⇒ Manchester (MAN)
  • Southampton (SOU) ⇒ Newcastle (NCL)

Flights aren’t currently bookable but the airline plans to launch these services soon.

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Loganair

Loganair, based in Scotland, has stepped in to take over 16 of routes, 14 of which include connections to Scottish airports, and two connecting Newcastle (NCL) to Exeter (EXT) and Southampton (SOU).

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The bulk of the airline’s new routes are due to start in March, with the first four starting on 16 March. The rest will be staggered until July.

Routes will be operated by a variation of the airline’s aircraft including ATR72, ERJ135/145 and Saab 340.

The planned schedule for the start dates of the routes is as follows:

March

  • Aberdeen (ABZ) ⇒ Belfast City (BHD) (once daily starting 16 March)
  • Aberdeen (ABZ) ⇒ Birmingham (BHX) (17 weekly starting 16 March)
  • Aberdeen (ABZ) ⇒ Manchester (MAN) (23 weekly starting 16 March)
  • Inverness (INV) ⇒ Birmingham (BHX) (four weekly starting 16 March)
  • Edinburgh (EDI) ⇒ Cardiff (CWL) (once daily starting 23 March then 10 weekly from 10 September)
  • Edinburgh (EDI) ⇒ Exeter (EXT) (six weekly starting 23 March)
  • Edinburgh (EDI) ⇒ Manchester (MAN) (four daily starting 23 March)
  • Newcastle (NCL) ⇒ Southampton (SOU) (three daily from 23 March)
  • Inverness (INV) ⇒ Belfast City (BHD) (once daily starting 23 March)
  • Newcastle (NCL) ⇒ Southampton (SOU) (three daily from 23 March)
  • Glasgow (GLA) ⇒ Exeter (EXT) (once daily starting 30 March)
  • Glasgow (GLA) ⇒ Southampton (SOU) (three daily, starting 30 March then four daily from 6 July)

May

  • Aberdeen (ABZ) ⇒ Jersey (JER) (once weekly from 9 May)
  • Inverness (INV) ⇒ Jersey (JER) (once weekly from 30 May)

June

  • Edinburgh (EDI) ⇒ Southampton (SOU) (19 weekly starting 15 June then 26 weekly from 6 July)
  • Edinburgh (EDI) ⇒ Newquay (NQY) (twice weekly starting 20 June)

July

  • Newcastle (NCL) ⇒ Exeter (EXT) (once daily from 6 July)

Passengers will be required to make a new booking through the Loganair website should they wish to fly a route they were due to fly with Flybe.

Fares include a checked bag, allocated seating and in-flight snacks and drinks.

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