Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its year-round service between Birmingham and Hamburg which, launched in 2017 with four flights a week, remains the only direct service connecting the two cities.
Local businesses have benefited from the flights and the schedule has already been expanded to now offer up to six flights a week to support the demand.
Commenting on how the airline’s Hamburg route has benefited the Midlands since it launched, well-known business leader Peter Mathews CMG, Chairman of Black Country Metals, said: “Brexit aside, the world is changing when it comes to trade. Therefore, as a region, we need the ability to communicate with a range of markets both in Europe and globally. Hamburg has many synergies with the West Midlands and, as such, Flybe’s investment in this important route is one that not only benefits the economy and businesses in the region now but will continue to do so in the longer term.”
Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, adds: “We are very pleased to mark the first anniversary of flights between Birmingham and Hamburg. In that time, the route has gone from strength to strength and we have increased frequency to match demand. There certainly seems to be a real affinity between the people and businesses of two of the UK and Germany’s biggest cities.”
One of the many business to have embraced the new route is Market Bosworth-based Savage Lighting. Julie Clark, Operations and Sales Director explains: “This service opened up a vital link into Germany for us, and it’s been great for our staff to be able to travel from A to B with such ease.” **(see case study below)
Flybe is the largest scheduled airline (measured by air traffic movements) at Birmingham Airport, also providing numerous onward connections to its extensive network and also on to the rest of the world through its many codeshare partners. It currently operates a total of 29 routes offering a choice of up to 759 flights a week to and from the airport with other routes to Germany being those to Dusseldorf, Hannover, Berlin Tegel and Stuttgart.
Full details of schedules available at: www.flybe.com.