More than 50 jobs will be created after Flybe announced seven new routes from Birmingham Airport.
The regional airline has today unveiled a major expansion of its operations from the city, including a six times a week service to Florence, daily flights to Cologne, a six times a week service to Toulouse, a five times a week service to Alicante and four times a week to Bordeaux, Palma Mallorca and Porto.
Flybe is also adding three of its 2x2 seat Embraer 175 jets to the airport – creating its biggest ever regional base with 12 aircraft, creating more than 50 jobs.
Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer said: “Today’s news reinforces the increasing emphasis that Flybe is putting on its operations at Birmingham Airport. We’re obviously delighted to offer these additional seven new routes. Our decision to support the region by basing an extra three aircraft here is not only a vote of confidence in the local economy but also in the strong relationship we have built with the airport team.”
The news comes after last week’s announcement that Flybe will be boosting the frequency on three of its most popular European routes from the end of March namely those to Hanover, Milan-Malpensa and Stuttgart.
As a result of the seven new destinations announced today, Flybe will now operate 32 routes to and from Birmingham for Summer 2014 with a choice of up to 375 return flights a week totalling an impressive 1.7 million seats.
William Pearson, Birmingham Airport’s aviation development director, added: “By creating new jobs and offering more choice from Birmingham Airport demonstrates Flybe’s commitment to the Midlands region.
"Not only will this growth make Birmingham Airport Flybe’s biggest ever base, it will also become our largest carrier, flying up to 400,000 extra passengers a year and serving nearly two million travellers in total. We thank Flybe for its commitment to Birmingham and look forward to welcoming passengers on these new services this summer.”