Could Flybe be bought out and fly under the BA Cityflyer umbrella with them making moves back into regional markets couldn't they in theory operate in the regions again but with lower costs. The backing of IAG could do wonders for BE. The codeshare and feeder service that BE provide for regional Airports especially MAN is vital for UK aviaiton without BE we would not see the expansion we are seeing in the North. That being said some cost cutting on loss making routes should be undertaken.
Flybe are not essential to growth at MAN. The numbers on long haul coming from flybe transfers are minuscule. There are on avarage more transfers from the EY to AA at MAN than there are flybe flights all day. So with that, while they do play a key part in domestic connectivity from MAN. Flybe have had very little part in the expansion of other services from MAN.
Does anyone know what the feeder numbers are like for other Airports? If the connecting numbers are that low it would be interesting to know what the cost element is of codesharing on these flights for minimal passenger numbers?
Speaking specifically about CWL i know the numbers on the AF CDG codeshare and EI DUB are generally quite good, but there's AZ on the Italian routes, CDG and DUB, VS to GLA and AY to CDG. Are these really needed? If these are echoed through different UK routes it begs the question how much to BE actually benefit from them?
Would it make more sense for BE to chop these codeshare agreements, keep some core ones, and downsize the aircraft (assuming it's a jet) or frequency to support their own originating passengers?
MAN, BHX and SOU operate as hubs for BE. CWL also sees a number of BE connections to/from various places as some of the CWL route network aren't served by many other UK airports, if at all. Could they build a niche in building minihubs?