If you thought that the relaunch of Flybe had fallen through when it was forced to hand back its Heathrow slots, you were wrong.
According to the ad below, posted on LinkedIn, the airline is recruiting for ‘numerous roles based in the Midlands’.
Despite being based in Exeter, Flybe had its largest bases at Birmingham and Manchester before it collapsed. The ad implies that Birmingham will be the home of the revived airline.
As we covered multiple times on Head for Points, virtually all of Flybe’s UK domestic routes have now been picked up by Loganair, Eastern, Blue Islands, Aurigny and BA CityFlyer. Wizz Air is even starting UK domestic flights next month.
What have NOT been picked up, due to the pandemic, were Flybe’s routes from the UK to smaller European cities. Flybe used to serve cities such as Berlin, Hamburg and Milan from Birmingham. Unless BA CityFlyer comes in, it is difficult to see anyone else picking up these routes.
The only risk for ‘new Flybe’ is that because Birmingham can handle larger aircraft – unlike, say, Southampton Airport – any routes which become too successful will become a target for easyJet et al.