Flybe has today launched its new routes from Dublin, Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Exeter and Inverness to London City Airport in a major expansion, providing direct links for customers throughout the UK and Ireland to the heart of London’s financial district.
Six purple Flybe planes were christened in the “Spirit of the Regions” theme and a naming ceremony took place at Dublin Airport led by Philip De Klerk, Chief Financial Officer of Flybe. Together they unveiled “Spirit of Dublin” aircraft, ahead of the inaugural flight’s take off.
Commenting on the launch today, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome Flybe’s first flight from Dublin Airport to London City Airport in the heart of the UK capital today. Connectivity is key in developing our economy and facilitating the strong trade links that exist between Ireland and the UK and this new route will no doubt be welcomed by many Irish and UK businesses. Equally, Britain is Ireland’s most important tourist market and recent figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the number visiting Ireland from Britain continues to grow year on year.
‘Today’s announcement will provide further choice and connectivity for passengers which is welcome. I wish Flybe well in launching and developing this new route in the future’.
Saad Hammad, CEO of Flybe said: “From today, purple Flybe aircraft will be a regular feature in the skies between Dublin and London City as we begin our new regular daily services. This can only benefit our brand profile and reach over the longer term as knowledge of Flybe’s role in connecting Dublin with London becomes more widespread.
“Our new London City routes provide direct links for customers travelling to the heart of London’s financial district. They also offer City of London and Canary Wharf customers faster and more efficient access to Ireland, the UK regions and neighbouring European destinations, than travelling via Heathrow or Gatwick, or travelling by ferry, road or rail.”
Flybe expects that 100,000 passengers annually will fly on the new route.