ZuluTime wrote:Little Red flew ABZ and EDI on the bmi remedy slots. MAN was flown on Virgin Atlantic slots which had been on lease to other carriers.
The slots on ABZ and EDI are locked to those routes until the operator has flown them for six consecutive seasons, after which they can move them to any other short-haul route* of their choosing. [That marker is reached by Flybe in March 2020.] If you flew the route-specific remedy slots, you could then request any other unused remedy slots for a short-haul route of your choosing, which is how Flybe got those slots and decided to fly them on NQY-LHR. The slots are not "locked" to that route but can only be used for short-haul*.
* - the bmi remedy slots could also be used on Cairo, Riyadh and Jeddah which are not technically short-haul services, but were available options. Not really relevant for Flybe though!
Killing the Little Red is a big mistake in my opinion. Take a controlled loss for 3 years then you get valuable LHR slots.