British airline FlyBe resumed its flights on Wednesday after about two years. Still in March 2020, the company collapsed shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic affected air travel in the world.
Taken over by the US Cyrus Capital fund, the new FlyBe has become a smaller, more focused airline. The company’s relaunch took place with a flight from Birmingham, England, to Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The company plans to offer up to 4 flights a day connecting Birmingham and Belfast using De Havilland Dash 8-400 turboprop aircraft as it has given up Embraer’s E190 jets. On its website, the company advertises tickets from £34.99.
“Today is a big day for everyone at Flybe. After a year of incredibly hard work, we are thrilled to have our fast, quiet and fuel/CO2 efficient Dash 8-400 (Q400) aircraft back in the sky connecting customers to two of the UK’s premier regional cities,” said Dave Pflieger, CEO of FlyBe.
Among the plans of the new FlyBe are to serve the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and also Amsterdam, Avignon and Brest from Birmingham. The airline will also launch flights from Heathrow to destinations such as Amsterdam, Leeds/Bradford and Belfast City.
The current fleet has eight dash 8-400s but the goal is to have 32 aircraft of the model soon.