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Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has signed a five-year agreement with London City Airport which will see the introduction of a competitively priced route from Edinburgh Airport to the heart of London. This means Flybe will now operate 10 direct services from Edinburgh. The airline has also announced services from London City to Inverness, Dublin, Belfast City and Exeter.
From October 2014, Flybe will offer four times daily services between the two cities, which includes flights arriving in London before 9am for under £50 .
Flybe expects the new route will appeal particularly to those travelling for business to and from the City of London and Canary Wharf whose travel plans are time-critical and who will appreciate the reduced transfer times compared to flying to or from West Sussex or Bedfordshire. London City airport is conveniently located in the heart of the financial capital with connections offered every ten minutes by Docklands Light Railway, meaning that passengers can be in Canary Wharf in 12 minutes – and, via the London Underground, in Westminster in just 24.
Saad Hammad, Flybe’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
“We’re delighted to announce this brand new affordable and competitively priced service between Edinburgh and London City airport. Today’s news is a significant landmark in the re-birth of Flybe. The decision to re-enter the London market at its most convenient airport follows a rigorous profitability analysis utilising our strict ‘Route Assessment Model’.
“We have taken into consideration how appealing London City is for business travellers looking to be in central London in time for morning meetings, as well as getting home in time to put the kids to bed.”
“Flybe is today already connecting over 7 million passengers a year throughout the UK and Europe. With this new major London connection from Inverness, we are not only cementing our position as Europe’s largest regional airline but also upholding our customer promise to be significantly faster than rail or road – ‘The Fastest Way from A to Flybe’.”
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport, said:
“Air travel remains the best way for Scots to access London and we’re delighted to see Flybe announce this new service to London City Airport.
“We will grow as an airport by providing our passengers with choice. It is fantastic to be continuing to do that with a strong Flybe brand.
“We look forward to working with the new team to provide even more choice for our passengers.”
Colin Keir MSP, Edinburgh Western Constituency, said:
“I’m delighted to see that Flybe will be offering another alternative service to London. This shows confidence in Edinburgh and I wish them great success.”
In line with its expansion strategy for Edinburgh Airport , owners GIT have announced new routes from Norway to the capital . Business and leisure passengers will have increased opportunities to travel to Norway after Scandinavian Airlines announced it will introduce two new services to the country from next April.
SAS will operate twice-weekly services, on a Thursday and Sunday, from Edinburgh to Oslo and Stavanger from 10 April until 05 October, increasing connectivity between Scotland and Norway and enhancing onward travel options to more destinations in northern Europe.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive at Edinburgh Airport, said: “Norway is an important trade and business link for Scotland and we’re delighted to be working with SAS in developing this further.
“Expanding our route network is one of our top priorities and we’re pleased to be introducing these new flights to allow Scots the opportunity to visit this beautiful country.
“The year will be hugely exciting for Scotland. We’re looking forward to welcoming our Norwegian passengers and giving them a taste of all that Scotland has to offer in 2014.” Hans Dyhrfort, SAS’ Regional General Manager Western Europe, commented: “We are pleased to offer new summer services direct to both Oslo and Stavanger and provide a direct flight to Norway, the fjords, and Scandinavia. “For any business travellers wishing to travel during this period, we offer the convenience of direct flights to either Oslo or Stavanger, with onward flights to many other Norwegian destinations.” In 2014 Scotland hosts golf’s Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow . It’s even possible that the city’s tram system will be up and running by April . Test runs have been completed all the way to Princes Street in the city centre.
Edinburgh Airport has stunned visitors by lighting the control tower in violet ahead of a rebranding.
Airport chiefs have stated the colour change could be a glimpse into the rebrand which is revealed to the public today at Edinburgh Castle.
“We changed the colour on the tower as a little teaser for the public, and also because it’s coming up to Christmas,” said airport spokesman Gordon Robertson.
“We wanted to build up anticipation and excitement about the changes that are being made. The rebrand is needed, we’ve been working very hard in the six months since it was purchased by new owners and we’re all very excited.”
The airport was bought by GIP in the summer and numerous improvements have been made since then. The car park has been totally resurfaced. The controversial drop-off charge of £1 is still in place causing compaints from Airport shuttle companoes in Falkirk. Critics have said that it is a blatant ripoff to charge customers for using the airport. There is no sign of the airport chiefs changing their mind about the charge.
The airport was sold in April to Global Infrastructure Partners, after the Competition Commission ruled BAA had to sell either Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Former managing director of Edinburgh Airport, Gordon Dewar, has been appointed chief executive officer. Mr Dewar is currently CEO of Bahrain International Airport and will rejoin the team at Edinburgh in the summer.
The airport’s current managing director, Jim O’Sullivan, has agreed to continue in his role until then. Edinburgh Airport refused to say what post Mr O’Sullivan was moving to.
Competitive player Michael McGhee, Global Infrastructure Partners partner, said: “Gordon is an outstanding airport executive, with relevant experience of Edinburgh Airport. “We are pleased to have secured his return and look forward to supporting him and his team as they begin the important job of establishing Edinburgh Airport as a more dynamic, competitive player in the global aviation industry.”
He added: “It is important to acknowledge the important role played by current airport managing director, Jim O’Sullivan, who has steered his team through the sale process with the highest levels of professionalism and focus.
Gordon Dewar, who was managing director of Edinburgh Airport between 2008 and 2010, said: “Edinburgh is my home city, and I am excited to be returning to one of the most important jobs in the capital. The challenge of leading the airport and the team into a new era of competition and growth is an irresistible one, and very different to the role I once played in BAA. “Edinburgh Airport’s future, its plans and its identity, will all be shaped in Edinburgh, and our decisions will only be influenced by what is good for Edinburgh Airport, and the city and country we serve.”