Flybe ends Air France franchise flights


Flybe‘s contract to operate franchise flights on behalf of Air France has come to an end. Flybe, then known as Jersey European, first started flying for Air France in 1996. The arrangement gradually grew, until Flybe had no less than three French bases for its flights: Paris (CDG), Lyon, and Toulouse. A changing number of 146s was used on the routes. More recently, however, Air France has decided to consolidate its franchise flying with wholly-owned subsidiary CityJet, while Flybe wanted to focus its energies on its growing low-cost service network. As a result, the franchise was gradually wound down, until only the Birmingham-Paris route remained. On 27 March, this route was also transferred to CityJet.

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