- Connectivity to VS hub in MAN and GLA from the regions, along with routes into LHR from EDI/ABZ/NQY and possibly MAN for Asia/South Africa routes, as well as DL routes.
Given MAN's central location in the UK, "double drop" routes could prove viable. Purely an example - CWL-MAN-ABZ, providing CWL/ABZ for connections, but also CWL-ABZ-CWL as an add on.
- Regional bases reviewed and controlled by Stobart, trimming unprofitable routes and maybe even bases. Stobart have wanted to grow and this is their perfect chance to take control. Grow SEN as a focus, but also concentrate on regional bases like SOU, BHD, EDI and BHX, along with fine tune smaller bases like CWL and DSA. Stobart were probably brought in to control the regional flying so VS can manage it at arms length, thus avoiding a repeat of Little Red, otherwise VS would've bought BE outright.
Closer working with parnet Airlines, AF/KL & DL. Improve connectivity to CDG and AMS, which could potentially free up slots & aircraft at CDG & AMS for AF/KL to open up new routes within Europe
Blue Islands / Eastern Airways
Continue as franchise parnets under the VS brand or go it alone again. Eastern don't really offer much for regional flying in the UK anymore and have an ageing fleet. Eastern & Blue Islands could merge and operate as an independant Airline. The concern there would be going up against BE/VS regional flying.
I think if I was in charge of Flybe following acquisition I would probably look to shave these UK airports from the route network..
-Bristol, in favour of Cardiff (already duplication)
Flybe don't operate scheduled services out of BRS. It's Blue Islands that operate BRS-JER, so all depends how that relationship works out. CWL/BRS - JER is the only duplication of BE branded routes between the 2 airports.