Flybe don't really have a main hub, they are the largest carrier (their definition) at 12 airports around the UK, including SOU, BHX, MAN and BHD so I'm not sure what difference 'relocation of their main hub' might mean? ..... I'm intrigued to know what difference such a move might make? Where should 'the hub' be and what would be the positive impact of such a move?
What AirGuru's comment was regarding was not that of an aviation pundit but the strong opinion of the proprietor of another forum dedicated to Welsh aviation, (and also apparently that of an un-named 'pundit') suggesting that a 'wholesale move' from EXT to CWL would bring about certain financial and other benefits. This person stated that if flyBe don't consider a wholesale move from Exeter to CWL, (where of course it would get cheap land/buildings, WelshGoverment financial support and probably a free base for 4/5 aircraft) then to suspect that Flybe will face some kind of take-over bid before too long.
This opinion of theirs can only surely be one of desperation because CWL is in a sorry state of affairs and they would like to see a few more passengers pass through their airport.
So AirGuru actually wants to know how likely it is that flyBe are going to up-heave from EXT and move everything to CWL????
May I ask why flybe has its head office in Exeter rather than Southampton ? I realise that an airline's largest base and it's HQ do not have to be in the same city and I assume the reason goes back years, but am still curious as to what the reason for the choice of Exeter is...
Last edited by davidjohnson6; 13th Jun 2012 at 00:10.
You need to look at the history of the the airline and how it developed to understand why the HQ is where it is.
The question (well, non-question really...) is why on earth would the airline consider moving it's HQ, with all the upheaval and cost that would entail? What would the business case be? The only reason I can think of is if they are made an offer they can't refuse by an official body with loadsamoney to chuck around? Don't think there are many of those of those around at the moment, so dream on...
Should be pretty close to this.... BHX - 4x DH8D / 2x E175 / 5x E195 (+1 DHD that overnights in Dusseldorf)
**(1x DH8D + 2x E195's are usually standby aircraft during the week, and move to other bases at the weekend - for example 1x E190 moves to SOU so 3x are based there at the weekend)** SOU - 6x DH8D / 2x E195 BHD - 6x DH8D / 2x E195 MAN - 4x DH8D / 2x E175 / 1x E195 EDI - 5x DH8D / 1x E195 GLA - 3x DH8D / 1x E195 EXT - 2x DH8D / 1x E195 IOM - 3x DH8D JER - 1x DH8D / 1x E195 ABZ - 1x DH8D / 1x E175 INV - 1x DH8D / 1x E175 NCL - 2x DH8D GCI - 2x DH8D NQY - 1x DH8D LGW - 1x DH8D
**DUS - 1x DH8D (Overnights from BHX)
+2x DH8D in Maintenance
+2x DH8D flying for Brussels Airlines
According to Jethro's there are four more E-175's due by end of 2012. It appears that no more Q400's should depart until summer 2013 (assuming that the next ones due up are on 10 years leases), so that should provide enough capacity for the new Brussels work and the new EMA base.
The initial announcement about flights from East Midlands to Amsterdam, Jersey and Paris was made on 2nd May. A cynic might say that if after over 8 weeks flights haven't gone on sale, then it's probably not going to happen for the time being...
Flybe pulling the SOU-FRA route from early sept. Had an email from Flybe regarding my booking SOU-FRA in october, upon calling them they informed me no more flights after early sept(cant remember exact date). No one knows why, just 'commercial reason' Not sure if any other FRA routes affected or just the SOU one. Seems a strange one to give up, the FRA flights always seemed pretty busy even if the flight times were not really early enough. Does anyone know the reason for the withdrawal?