New Flybe to launch operations in April

A Dash 8-400 aircraft belonging to the 'old' Flybe. Photo: © Alan Wilson (CC BY 2.0)

British regional airline Flybe is set to make a comeback with flights recommencing on 13th April.

Flybe formerly ceased operations in March 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic after having been in financial difficulty for some time and ultimately failing to find suitable investments to survive. The brand has been revived by investment firm Cyrus Capital, which purchased the right to the brand and relaunch domestic UK flights and also flights to “key EU destinations”.

The new Flybe will be based at Birmingham Airport with a secondary base in Belfast. Bookings have opened from 22nd March on the airline’s website and the first flights are set to take place on 13th April.

At launch, the airline will operate a pair of De Havilland Dash 8-400 turboprops, both of which previously belonged to the former Flybe, registered now as G-JECX and G-JECY. The airline has plans to grow its fleet to a total of 32 aircraft. Flybe will launch with new branding and livery whilst still retaining the former Flybe’s purple signature colour.