Flybe ends London City operations


Exeter-based Flybe ended services at London City on 10 January, when they transferred their last remaining route, to the Isle of Man, to EuroManx. Flybe’s predecessor Jersey European first served London City in 1999, when they took over CityJet’s route to Dublin. In subsequent years, the airline built up a substantial operation at the airport. Indeed, the ability to operate at the airport was a major consideration in their selection of the Avro RJX as a replacement for their BAe 146s. British European, as the airline was known from mid-2000, continued to build services. Although Dublin was dropped in early 2001, other routes were added. In the summer of 2001, the airline served Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Belfast City, and Jersey. Poor results on individual routes and changes in their strategy led Flybe to gradually reduce their presence at the airport, until only the Isle of Man route remained. EuroManx are using wet-leased ATR42s on the route, pending delivery of two former Azzurra Air Avro RJ70s.

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