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Flybe confirms new Exeter to London service

Flybe has signed a five year agreement with London City Airport for a three times daily city-to-city service. Photo: PA

Flybe has announced it's is to start a direct flight service to London with tickets on sale now. The Exeter-based airline has signed a five-year agreement with London City Airport for a three-times daily city to city service.

Tickets are available to buy now for flights from October 27th.

Using five aircraft based at three of its regional bases, Flybe says it expects to fly up to 500,000 passengers annually between LCY and Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast, Inverness and Exeter

It is a major expansion that will see the airline significantly boost connectivity between the UK regions and Ireland to and from London.

Today’s news is a significant landmark in the re-birth of Flybe. As a proudly based Exeter business, we’re delighted to be able to give our Devon customers what they have long been asking for – direct flights from Exeter right into the very heart of London.

With this first ever new major London connection from Exeter, we are not only cementing our position as Europe’s largest regional airline but also upholding our customer promise to be quicker than rail or road - ‘The Fastest Way from A to Flybe.’

– Saad Hammad, Flybe’s Chief Executive Officer
Flybe’s Chief Executive Officer, Saad Hammad says today's announcement is a significant landmark in the re-birth of Flybe. Credit: PA

Today's announcement follows Flybe's successful fund raise of £150 million last month.

The company says it means it can now meet their strategic objective to expand its branded commercial operation by developing new routes and bases within the UK.

The new route will bring the total number of direct destinations offered by Flybe from Exeter to 18.

Matt Roach is Managing Director at Exeter Airport:-

“This route announcement further cements Exeter Airport’s vital role in connecting the heart of the South West and driving the regional economy.

The link to London City in particular is a hugely welcome development, especially following the disruption we have seen to the rail network, and we know the ability to connect swiftly into the heart of London twice a day will be warmly received by the business community.

– Exeter Airport’s owner Sir Peter Rigby

You can watch our Business Correspondent Seth Conway's report on today's news below: