Flybe launches new routes to Heathrow

Flybe is strengthening UK regional connectivity by launching two new routes between Scotland and Heathrow and announced the appointment of Christine Ourmieres-Widener as chief executive.

Flybe says it is heading to Heathrow for the first time next year to connect the UK’s largest international airport with Scotland, offering a choice of more than 40 scheduled flights a week from Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The new routes complement Flybe’s well-established London City flights from the two Scottish airports. Flybe will operate the slots which became available as a result of commitments required by the European Commission following the acquisition of BMI by International Consolidated Airlines Group. Flybe is not required to pay to use the slots, other than to meet Heathrow landing and passenger charges. The slots will not be purchased by Flybe and will therefore not be brought onto the balance sheet.

Flybe will be using Heathrow’s Terminal 2 and will offer ‘One Stop to the World’ connectivity to its codeshare and interline partners. Flights have been conveniently timed for both business and leisure travel, and fares are from £39.99 one way including taxes and charges.

Flybe also announced that Ourmieres-Widener would become CEO with effect from 16 January. Ourmieres-Widener has spent her entire career in the aviation and travel industries, with an initial background in engineering and aeronautics. She started her career in the Maintenance Department of Air France, later working in sales systems, then Director of Sales & Marketing for Amadeus France. Christine served as vice-president International Sales, General Manager UK & Ireland, then vice-president in New York for Air France KLM. Between 2010 and 2015, she was the CEO of Cityjet, and since then has been Chief Global Sales Officer for American Express

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