Low-cost airline Flybe launched its new service from Birmingham Airport to Belfast today.
The inaugural flight of the new Flybe departed Birmingham Airport for Belfast City Airport this morning, marking the start of up to four daily flights between the two cities.
Additional routes are expected to start in the coming weeks and months.
In November, it was announced that Birmingham Airport would house the new airline’s headquarters and first crew base with plans to create up to 200 new jobs in the area over the next three years.
The carrier grew out of the previous airline which went bankrupt in 2020 at the start of the covid-19 pandemic.
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The brand, intellectual property, stock and equipment were acquired later in 2020 by global private equity firm Cyrus Capital, which was a shareholder in the former company.
Flybe Managing Director Dave Pflieger said: “Today is a great day for everyone at Flybe.
“After a year of incredibly hard work, we are delighted to have our fast, quiet and fuel-efficient Dash 8-400 aircraft back in the skies, connecting customers to two of the UK’s major regional cities.
“Over the coming weeks and months, our flight schedule will ramp up as we take delivery of additional aircraft and serve other new destinations from Birmingham.”
Nick Barton, Managing Director of Birmingham Airport, added: “I am delighted to have Flybe back.
“With Covid travel restrictions lifted and many thousands of Britons resuming flights, I am confident we will see strong demand for Flybe’s main UK, Dutch and French routes.”
Other services to be launched from Birmingham include Amsterdam, Avignon Provence and Edinburgh.