Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline carrier, has revealed that it is increasing its schedule of flights from Scotland to include two new Saturday services to Manchester from April 6. (Featured image by Bob the courier)
The additional flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow will be followed by an increase in weekday flights to East Midlands Airport, from both Scottish cities, bringing the number of daily flights from three to four from April 1.
“We’re pleased to be offering our passengers the added choice of extra Saturday flights between Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester,” said Andrew Strong, MD of Flybe UK.
“The move highlights our commitment to listening to our customers’ needs and providing them with convenient, affordable travel for weekend summer breaks.”
One way flights on the routes are available from £39.99 including taxes and airport charges.
The airline also announced that it will be using a larger 118-seat Embraer 195 jet aircraft to increase the number of seats available on its three Saturday services between Edinburgh and Southampton.
Flybe offers a choice of up to 1,412 domestic and 86 European flights a week from 13 Scottish airports.
Low-cost Irish airline Ryanair has also recently announced that it is introducing eight new routes and additional flights on nine other routes from Glasgow Prestwick and Edinburgh airports in 2013.
The moves come as the airline grows its traffic in Scotland by over 400,000 passengers, and according to Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara, comes in response to the fact that Scotland’s airports are “lowering their charges in order to stimulate traffic, tourism and jobs growth in 2013”.
“The two new services also reflect the increasing importance our passengers are putting on our regional hub at Manchester Airport,” added Mr Strong.
“[This] is being used increasingly not only for seamless domestic and European connections through our extended Flybe network, but also as a fast and more convenient connection for onward long haul travel for those wanting to avoid the hassle of Heathrow.”