"HELSINKI: Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, now Finland’s newest airline following the completion of its joint acquisition with Finnair of Finnish Commuter Airlines (Finncomm) on August 18th, is today announcing its new route network. It features a total of 24 regional routes offering a choice of up to 416 flights a week. This includes ALL existing routes previously operated by Finncomm together with the addition of nine brand new routes."
The nine new routes are as follows:
Helsinki -- Mariehamn, Aland (2xdaily)
Helsinki – Tartu, Estonia (6 per week)
Helsinki – Trondheim, Norway (4 per week)
Helsinki – Umea, Sweden (4 per week)
Tampere – Tallinn, Estonia (3xdaily)
Turku – Tallinn* (2x daily)
Vaasa – Tallinn* (6 per week)
Oulu – Tallinn* (6 per week)
Tallinn – Stockholm Bromma, Sweden (3xdaily)
*Flights start November 14th
Photo © Martin Dvorsky
Photo © Niklas Holmberg
This winter the Flybe fleet is expected to look like this, accounting for the aircraft being sold to Rand Merchant Bank of Johannesburg for immediate lease to South African Express.
ATR 42: x4
ATR 72: x9
E70: x2 (lsf Finnair)
The new routes mean that the airline will operate an additional 96 flights each week, with this in mind, can we see any fleet additions to the Flybe Nordic fleet. Maybe the introduction of the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, transferred/operated by Flybe UK? I had also expected that we'd start to see some linking of the two operations, maybe a Manchester-Helsinki service or similar. Either way, it's great news the airline is expanding and that we've finally had some more news regarding the Flybe Nordic operation. Hopefully re-branding will commence soon.