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Newcastle news: Flybe launches Heathrow and Belfast, Emirates adds flights

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There are two bits of news today for anyone in the Newcastle Airport catchment area.

The first is that Flybe is launching two new routes from the airport.

Regular readers may notice that this announcement is a bit odd. Last Friday, Flybe cancelled its two new routes from Isle of Man, due to launch 48 hours later. The cancellations were blamed on the non-arrival of promised Dash 8 aircraft from its lessors.

And yet …. four days later, Flybe has announced two new routes from Newcastle. Where are these aircraft coming from?

The most interesting news is that Flybe is launching flights to Heathrow, going head to head with British Airways.

Flybe will using Terminal 2 at Heathrow and, because it is using small Dash 8 aircraft, it has to use bus gates. Will this tempt passengers away from British Airways, or is it simply being done to protect its Heathrow slots after the Isle of Man route was cancelled?

There will be one flight per day, weekdays only, in the late afternoon.

The second new route is between Newcastle and Belfast. It seems to be replacing the cancelled Isle of Man to Belfast service. There will be one flight per day (times vary), seven days per week.

Flights will start on both routes on 7th November.

Our last review of the Newcastle Airport lounge is here. You will struggle to get with a Priority Pass, however, as it is now being used by British Airways following the closure of BA’s dedicated Newcastle lounge. Emirates also uses this lounge.

Newcastle Airport Flybe

Emirates to add additional Newcastle flights

If you want to travel further afield than Belfast or Heathrow, you will be pleased to know that Emirates has announced additional Newcastle flights.

From 1st December, the current weekday service will gain additional Saturday and Sunday flights.

Emirates using a Boeing 777 on this route, in a two class Economy and Business configuration.

Flight times were recently adjusted to allow a 1pm departure from Newcastle, arriving at 00.15, making it easier to connect to the overnight bank of onward departures from Dubai.

You can check pricing and timings on the Emirates website here.

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Comments (37)

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  • riku says:

    >>You will struggle to get with a Priority Pass
    But are there other ways to get with?

  • kevind says:

    Living in Belfast, I’ve always been a fan of Flybe. They’ve served me well over the years with regular flights to London, Manchester (for the football) and other places in the UK. I was excited to hear they had been resurrected. I even booked myself onto the first flight from Birmingham to Belfast back in April. Unfortunately, I had a few Belfast-IOM trips booked and was disappointed when they pulled the plug at the 11th hour. I did get a heads up though, as a friend who works for IT at Belfast City Airport told me bookings were extremely low.

    The BHD-NCL route was originally to begin on 25th August but was suspended due to “late aircraft deliveries”. This was also the reason cited for last weeks axed routes but miraculously this week new routes are announced!

    It looks like the new Flybe are working at very fine margins. I couldn’t buy a ticket in the airport one morning having missed my original flight to LHR with BA. I had to stand in front of the Flybe agent, at the desk, with my laptop open and book on their website. The subsequent flight to LHR was only half full. There is also no app available.

    I fear for the future of the reincarnated Flybe. Dave Pflieger comes with good pedigree but with the volatile UK economy, disappointing load factors, the announcement then cancellation of new routes, Jet A1 likely to become more expensive, and trying to compete with the big boys of the LCC world, I can’t see how they are going to survive in the big bad world of aviation. The Heathrow slots are probably their only hope. I will watch with interest, but my money is on them folding within the year.

    • ADS says:

      “a friend who works for IT at Belfast City Airport told me bookings were extremely low”

      That would explain the sudden cancellation of the Isle of Man routes – and also suggest that the FlyBE explanation was an outright lie

      It looks like both FlyBE and Wizz tickets should be regarded as “options” rather than firm purchases

  • Yorkshire rich says:

    Wonder if the LBA to LHR will ever return on BA?

  • John Gallagher says:

    Was in the main area of the Aspire lounge (as a BA Gold travelling economy) earlier this evening. Lounge not very busy, food was nice – quite enjoyed my quick 20 minute visit

  • David Starkie says:

    Flybe’s route planning and scheduling makes no commercial sense. How does the Newcastle, once a day, stack up (slower and bussing) against BA?

    • Rob says:

      For Heathrow, it is almost certainly slot sitting. Why Isle of Man to Heathrow was seen as losing less than Newcastle to Heathrow is a different question.

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