Flybe's new Manston route is blossoming!

Saturday 20, March 2010


Flybe's new Manston route is blossoming!


Flybe, the UK’s Number One domestic airline, reports that its newly announced daily Edinburgh to Manston service has attracted strong interest in record time with many flights already more than 50% full.



Early bookings have been blossoming since going on sale last month, resulting in load factors that are comfortably ahead of Flybe’s initial forecasts and customers continue to snap up tickets, ensuring they receive the very best value for money fares offered on this key route.


The flights offer regional travellers the only scheduled flight to be currently scheduled out of Manston, Kent’s International Airport, and whilst a large percentage of passengers are travelling to Scotland, increasing numbers are now booking to pay summer visits to the Garden of England when flights begin on May 27th.


Flybe’s reputation for providing quality, affordable and reliable travel has been confirmed many times and most recently it has been proud to have attracted global recognition by being the only UK carrier to feature in the prestigious Forbes 2009 Top 10 on time arrival list of Global Major Carriers.


Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, says: “We’re really pleased with the level of online bookings and strong passenger interest shown in the route in such a short time. Our customers are obviously appreciating that, in the current economic climate, Flybe is committed to providing the most convenient, affordable, quality regional travel options with real value added benefits.”


Adds Matt Clarke, Chief Executive of Manston, Kent’s International Airport: “The opportunity to fly to Edinburgh, an exciting and historic European capital, without the hassle of enduring the M25 and with the added benefit of low cost, convenient parking is obviously proving very attractive.


“Early inbound sales from Scottish-based travellers indicate that Kent is also set for a welcome boost, as visitors deliver increased spending in local shops, restaurants and attractions, whether they are here as tourists or enjoying time with friends and family.”


Tickets are on sale now at from £24.99 one way including taxes and charges for travel effective May 27th through to 30th October. The new route, with a flight time of just 80 minutes, will be operated by Flybe’s fuel efficient 78- seat Bombardier Q-400 turboprop aircraft.




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