Flybe to Return to Manx Skies?

In the early hours of March 5 2020, regional airline Flybe collapsed into administration, but tomorrow sees it relaunch as tickets go on sale for the first routes of the revived airline.

When Flybe collapsed, it operated flights from Ronaldsway to Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham.

The new Flybe, with new bases in England and Northern Ireland, says it will tomorrow announce a full list of its routes, destinations and fares from Birmingham and Belfast City airports.

What we don’t yet know, though we are trying to find out, is whether the airline plans to return to the Isle of Man at this time or as part of its plans to ‘add more flights as the summer progresses’.

Flybe CEO, Dave Pflieger, said: ‘Once we start flying from Birmingham, Belfast, and many other cities in the UK and EU, we are confident that a new and improved Flybe will provide customers with great value, more choices, and the opportunity to quickly and more conveniently visit loved ones, go
on holiday, and more easily visit customers or attend important meetings.

‘Given that goal, Flybe hopes to do its part to help communities across the country bounce back from the dramatic impact of the global pandemic.’

The airline has said it intends to expand up to a fleet of 32 De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 aircraft, including 12 leased from Nordic Aviation Capital announced last year.

Currently easyJet and Loganair operate flights from the island to Belfast and Birmingham respectively.