April 23, 2024

Flybe delivers Isle of Man-Heathrow link

Flybe will commence a daily flight between the Isle of Man and London Heathrow in April - the first such direct service for almost 20 years.

The launch is part of the airline’s new summer schedule that features fives routes from its new Isle of Man base.

Operated by 78-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft, the Isle of Man-Heathrow service will begin on April 21 and continue through to October 26.

Flights will depart from the Isle of Man at 13.50 and arrive at Heathrow at 15.10. The return service will depart Heathrow at 17.05 and arrive back at 18.25.

Fares start from £36.99 one way including taxes and charges.

The airline will also operate routes from the Isle of Man to Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Geneva.

“We are naturally delighted to provide the Isle of Man with renewed connectivity to the capital and onwards to multiple long-haul destinations available via Heathrow as we start our operations again from the Isle of Man,” says Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Flybe CEO, Christine Ourmieres-Widener, told The Business Travel Magazine this week that announcements regarding the airline’s plans going forward and its identity – likely under the Virgin name – could be expected this summer once the airline is no longer subject to EU derogation conditions.

The airline was saved from bankruptcy by Connect Airways in February, a consortium comprising Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Aviation – which each hold 30% – and private equity business Cyrus Capital Partners which holds the remaining 40%.

Read the full interview with Christine Ourmieres-Widener in the forthcoming April/May issue of The Business Travel Magazine.