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New "hop on, hop off" service through Southampton

Flybe has announced a new "hop on, hop off" service through Southampton Credit: ITV Meridian

Flybe has announced a new Flyshuttle service that will give passengers the chance to fly straight from Jersey to Aberdeen, with a brief stop at Southampton and Leeds.

The "hop on, hop off" service will operate three times a day from October of this year, both northbound and southbound.

Paul Simmon's Flybe's Chief Commercial Officer said, "FlyShuttle is a convenient and affordable concept for our customers extra choice and additional connectivity for everyday air travel.

"Designed to be used as a 'shuttle bus service in the sky' all the way between Jersey in the south and Aberdeen in the north, we are again showing that we are the 'fastest way from A to Flybe', faster than road or rail- and certainly most affordable."

The total journey time between Southampton and Aberdeen will be just over three hours, including brief connection times.

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Airports and airlines warn of flight delays

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Flybe is cancelling some flights Credit: Meridian

Flybe has been asked by the French aviation authorities to reduce its flying programme because of industrial action by air traffic controllers. The company is asking passengers to check its website for information.

Flybe says: "We been advised that French Unions have called for an official six-day strike scheduled to take place in France between 0400 (French local time) Tuesday 24th June and 0400 (French local time) on Monday 30th June, 2014.

The region's other airports, including Gatwick are also issuing advice.

New winter flight from Southampton to Hamburg

Flybe has announced a new route from Southampton to Hamburg Credit: Flybe Credit: PA

Flybe has confirmed that it will introduce a new service from Southampton Airport to Hamburg.

The daily route will start on 26th October this year, just in time for winter.

The regional airport has committed its growth this winter by making this announcement, as well as confirming that their popular sun routes to Alicante, Malaga and Faro will be extended through to early November.

Flights to Dublin will be available 4 times throughout the day and those looking to go to some of Europe's best ski resorts this winter will be able to catch a flight to Grenoble, Geneva and Chambery.

450 jobs to go at Flybe, where Southampton holds biggest base

Flybe has confirmed in their trading results statement that 450 jobs will go in the company.

The biggest base of the airline is in Southampton.

They said they are on course to return to profit, following its third quarter trading results.

UK scheduled revenue per seat was up 2.3% while costs per seat (excluding fuel and restructuring costs) were down 5.2%.

Last year the airline posted losses of around £41 million and had planned to cut 500 jobs.

A new management team was announced in November.

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Gatwick expansion creates 200 Easyjet jobs

Video. Easyjet says it will create 200 new jobs - with the launch of new services from Gatwick. The airline bought slots from rival Flybe which is pulling out of Gatwick to cut costs.

Easyjet is targeting business travellers with flights to Brussels and Strasbourg among others. The airline says the new routes will carry more than one million extra passengers.

It's part of a strategy to change Gatwick's image as mainly an airport for holidaymakers. Malcolm Shaw has our report.

Flybe statement

I joined Flybe in August this year.It was clear to me that the existing Phase 1 and 2 cost savings were necessary, but we simply needed to do more and do it immediately. The business needed action now and so today we're explaining our next phase which encompasses a review of everything we do and how we do it. Most of the immediate actions are completed, being implemented or already being consulted on. Unfortunately there is a proposal for further redundancies.We'll consult with the trade unions and employees to ensure that this is done fairly and delivers the right outcome for the business."

– Saad Hammad, Chief Executive Officer

Airline to cut hundreds of jobs

One of the regions biggest airlines is to cut 500 jobs in a new move to reduce costs. Flybe, the major carrier out of Southampton Airport, has just announced the move to stop losses. It is not known how many staff in the Hampshire city will be hit.

The airline recently announced it would be axing all of its routes out of Gatwick and has sold its take-off slots to Easyjet.

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