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Chief Commercial Officer of Flybe, Paul Simmons was at Bute House this morning to announce his good news along with the First Minister’s news about falling unemployment numbers in Scotland.

The airline which had to close down its operations has now found a way to increase routes from Scotland to London City and other regional airports in England. This means that four Bombardier Q400 aircraft will be based in Aberdeen to serve these routes.  The fourth aircraft will be used for a further shuttle route but they are keeping the details of that under wraps right now. It will be a UK route but the base allows the airline to connect to Scandinavia and other destinations.

Simmons was keen to point out that Flybe is now back in the black financially: “I am pleased to report that the success of the actions we were forced to take to return the airline to profitability and stimulate demand has brought us to the point where it now makes commercial sense to re-open our Aberdeen base. It is a testament to a year of recovery, turnaround and the ultimate re-birth of our airline.

“We are really delighted to be able to do this. It is good for the economy and good for Flybe. This is a long term venture for us and a strong new beginning. We are firmly wedded to Aberdeen and the rest of Scotland.”

The First Minister said: “I launched the new Flybe flight to London City last month with the Spirit of Aberdeen aircraft. These new aircraft have increased capacity as well as flying faster and the airline has already increased the number of flights from two to three. The reopening of Flybe’s Aberdeen base will mean 100 direct jobs for Aberdeen and it is extemely good news for Scottish connectivity to London. It establishes Flybe as Scotland’s main aviation partner. As a North Eastern MSP I welcome the news.”

As far as Air Passenger Duty is concerned the First Minister said that we want to have as much connectivity to London as possible, but that all of this would be assisted by devolution of APD which remains one of the Scottish Government’s main objectives.  The First Minister asserted that this would help relieve the congestion in the south east of England too.

Flybe reported strong results to the Stock Market this morning prior to the announcement.

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Published On: Wed, Nov 12th, 2014 at 6:58pm

Flybe reopening Aberdeen base next year

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Chief Commercial Officer of Flybe, Paul Simmons was at Bute House this morning to announce his good news along with the First Minister’s news about falling unemployment numbers in Scotland.

The airline which had to close down its operations has now found a way to increase routes from Scotland to London City and other regional airports in England. This means that four Bombardier Q400 aircraft will be based in Aberdeen to serve these routes.  The fourth aircraft will be used for a further shuttle route but they are keeping the details of that under wraps right now. It will be a UK route but the base allows the airline to connect to Scandinavia and other destinations.

Simmons was keen to point out that Flybe is now back in the black financially: “I am pleased to report that the success of the actions we were forced to take to return the airline to profitability and stimulate demand has brought us to the point where it now makes commercial sense to re-open our Aberdeen base. It is a testament to a year of recovery, turnaround and the ultimate re-birth of our airline.

“We are really delighted to be able to do this. It is good for the economy and good for Flybe. This is a long term venture for us and a strong new beginning. We are firmly wedded to Aberdeen and the rest of Scotland.”

The First Minister said: “I launched the new Flybe flight to London City last month with the Spirit of Aberdeen aircraft. These new aircraft have increased capacity as well as flying faster and the airline has already increased the number of flights from two to three. The reopening of Flybe’s Aberdeen base will mean 100 direct jobs for Aberdeen and it is extemely good news for Scottish connectivity to London. It establishes Flybe as Scotland’s main aviation partner. As a North Eastern MSP I welcome the news.”

As far as Air Passenger Duty is concerned the First Minister said that we want to have as much connectivity to London as possible, but that all of this would be assisted by devolution of APD which remains one of the Scottish Government’s main objectives.  The First Minister asserted that this would help relieve the congestion in the south east of England too.

Flybe reported strong results to the Stock Market this morning prior to the announcement.

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