Flybe to axe five routes from Southampton Airport

Hampshire Chronicle: Five routes out of Southampton are to be axed by Flybe. Five routes out of Southampton are to be axed by Flybe.

A STRUGGLING regional airline has announced it will be axing five routes out of Southampton Airport as part of a raft of cost-cutting measures.

Flybe last night said that scrapping the routes is part of an overhaul to make the company viable which will see the airport lose 17 staff as part of a cull of 500 jobs nationally.

Southampton flights to and from Leeds-Bradford and Hannover in Germany will be withdrawn from January 19.

Summer-only services to Barcelona, Beziers and the Isle of Man will also stop.

Passengers affected by these changes are being contacted and offered, where possible, an alternative Flybe flight or a full refund on their ticket.

Flybe’s chief commercial officer Paul Simmons said: “We are pleased to confirm our summer 2014 schedule.

“We have taken a long, hard look at all the routes we fly from Southampton to make sure they are what our customers really want and that they operate at the best possible times for everyone.

"The extent of our regional network, with more than 150 routes on sale for next summer means that no other airline has the regional and onward international connectivity offered by Flybe.”

The loss of the routes is part of an overhaul being led by new chief executive Saad Hammad, who says that without the restructuring the Exeter-based business, which employs 2,700 people, cannot be viable.

Bases at Aberdeen, Guernsey, Inverness, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Newcastle will shut down, although the airline said that it would continue to fly to the airports.

Seventeen jobs will be lost from a Hampshire workforce of 98 pilots, 103 cabin crew, 15 engineers and four in other varied roles.

Numbers earmarked for redundancies are: Aberdeen, 12; Belfast, 52; Birmingham, 49; Edinburgh, 49; Exeter, 116; Guernsey, 12; Glasgow, 37; Inverness, 35; Isle of Man, 49; Jersey, 35; Manchester, 13 and Newcastle, 17.

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11:15am Thu 5 Dec 13

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

Sounds like all is not well at the airport .
Sounds like all is not well at the airport . WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.

11:32am Thu 5 Dec 13

Dasal says...

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. wrote:
Sounds like all is not well at the airport .
The airports ok.
Its the airline with the problems............
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[quote][p][bold]WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.[/bold] wrote: Sounds like all is not well at the airport .[/p][/quote]The airports ok. Its the airline with the problems............ ............ Dasal

12:50pm Thu 5 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

There is not much wrong at the Airport, it is Flybe management making some dogy financial decisions which have returned to bite them, it is a pity some other airlines cannot step into to fill the breech, particularly overseas companies who don't appear to be encouraged to use the airport enough.
There is not much wrong at the Airport, it is Flybe management making some dogy financial decisions which have returned to bite them, it is a pity some other airlines cannot step into to fill the breech, particularly overseas companies who don't appear to be encouraged to use the airport enough. OSPREYSAINT

1:02pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Brite Spark says...

Booking flights through Flybe's website from Southampton to Belfast (just an example) costs me appx £180.00
To book flights via Gatwick to Belfast using any other airline (giving 3 weeks notice) costs appx £68 return in advance. Maybe Flybe would get more business if their flights were priced more competitively.
Booking flights through Flybe's website from Southampton to Belfast (just an example) costs me appx £180.00 To book flights via Gatwick to Belfast using any other airline (giving 3 weeks notice) costs appx £68 return in advance. Maybe Flybe would get more business if their flights were priced more competitively. Brite Spark

9:03am Fri 6 Dec 13

P Barker says...

Well they dropped Franbkfurt then Dusseldorf.. They may as well loose Hannover aswell !. Leeds isnt that much of a suprise. If an aircraft went wrong usually Leeds suffered, as the passenger could transfer to Manchester, hour down the road.
Well they dropped Franbkfurt then Dusseldorf.. They may as well loose Hannover aswell !. Leeds isnt that much of a suprise. If an aircraft went wrong usually Leeds suffered, as the passenger could transfer to Manchester, hour down the road. P Barker

10:52am Fri 6 Dec 13

J.P.M... says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Booking flights through Flybe's website from Southampton to Belfast (just an example) costs me appx £180.00
To book flights via Gatwick to Belfast using any other airline (giving 3 weeks notice) costs appx £68 return in advance. Maybe Flybe would get more business if their flights were priced more competitively.
you cant do that with the size of planes you can get into Southampton - not enough seats to take on the proper budget guys.
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Booking flights through Flybe's website from Southampton to Belfast (just an example) costs me appx £180.00 To book flights via Gatwick to Belfast using any other airline (giving 3 weeks notice) costs appx £68 return in advance. Maybe Flybe would get more business if their flights were priced more competitively.[/p][/quote]you cant do that with the size of planes you can get into Southampton - not enough seats to take on the proper budget guys. J.P.M...

12:02pm Fri 6 Dec 13

obloquy says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Booking flights through Flybe's website from Southampton to Belfast (just an example) costs me appx £180.00
To book flights via Gatwick to Belfast using any other airline (giving 3 weeks notice) costs appx £68 return in advance. Maybe Flybe would get more business if their flights were priced more competitively.
"any other airline" being EasyJet, I assume. Flybe gets me from my house, via So'ton to Belfast City airport in 2½ hours; one hour flight time. Easyjet would get me to Belfast International, where I don't want to go, via Gatwick, where I *really* don't want to go, in about 6 hours, with the extra hassle of driving or getting a taxi to Gatwick.

If you book ahead with Flybe, you can easily get close enough to your £68 once you factor in your own time and travelling costs. Plus it's well worth paying money so as *not* to travel by EasyJet. You get what you pay for, innit.
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Booking flights through Flybe's website from Southampton to Belfast (just an example) costs me appx £180.00 To book flights via Gatwick to Belfast using any other airline (giving 3 weeks notice) costs appx £68 return in advance. Maybe Flybe would get more business if their flights were priced more competitively.[/p][/quote]"any other airline" being EasyJet, I assume. Flybe gets me from my house, via So'ton to Belfast City airport in 2½ hours; one hour flight time. Easyjet would get me to Belfast International, where I don't want to go, via Gatwick, where I *really* don't want to go, in about 6 hours, with the extra hassle of driving or getting a taxi to Gatwick. If you book ahead with Flybe, you can easily get close enough to your £68 once you factor in your own time and travelling costs. Plus it's well worth paying money so as *not* to travel by EasyJet. You get what you pay for, innit. obloquy

3:47pm Mon 9 Dec 13

georgetheseventh says...

P Barker wrote:
Well they dropped Franbkfurt then Dusseldorf.. They may as well loose Hannover aswell !. Leeds isnt that much of a suprise. If an aircraft went wrong usually Leeds suffered, as the passenger could transfer to Manchester, hour down the road.
MCR will never suffer major losses as part of a long standing agreement to make it the Heathrow of the north....MCR is 'sustaining' flights in mid summer of only a handful of pax outward and quarter full inbound on most routes.
[quote][p][bold]P Barker[/bold] wrote: Well they dropped Franbkfurt then Dusseldorf.. They may as well loose Hannover aswell !. Leeds isnt that much of a suprise. If an aircraft went wrong usually Leeds suffered, as the passenger could transfer to Manchester, hour down the road.[/p][/quote]MCR will never suffer major losses as part of a long standing agreement to make it the Heathrow of the north....MCR is 'sustaining' flights in mid summer of only a handful of pax outward and quarter full inbound on most routes. georgetheseventh

6:01pm Mon 9 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Eastern Airways are taking over the Leeds route, 3 flights weekdays and one on Sunday, good for them.
Eastern Airways are taking over the Leeds route, 3 flights weekdays and one on Sunday, good for them. OSPREYSAINT

2:25pm Tue 10 Dec 13

P Barker says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Eastern Airways are taking over the Leeds route, 3 flights weekdays and one on Sunday, good for them.
Wait till you see the price !!. Eastern did operate the Leeds route years ago, then dropped it due competition from Flybe. Then Eastern took over the Brussels route when Flybe dropped that.....back it only lasted 6 months !!. Eastern were double the price of Flybe.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Eastern Airways are taking over the Leeds route, 3 flights weekdays and one on Sunday, good for them.[/p][/quote]Wait till you see the price !!. Eastern did operate the Leeds route years ago, then dropped it due competition from Flybe. Then Eastern took over the Brussels route when Flybe dropped that.....back it only lasted 6 months !!. Eastern were double the price of Flybe. P Barker

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