Flybe appears to have scrapped plans for expansion at Southampton Airport.
Three new routes – Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester – were due to launch in May 2023 but have now disappeared from the airline website.
The only Southampton route currently on sale is Belfast, which launches in February.
It isn’t clear if Flybe is giving up on Southampton. The ‘old’ Flybe had a substantial operation at the airport, because it has the benefits of a fairly large catchment area and a runway which was too short to take the Airbus and Boeing aircraft used by Ryanair, easyJet etc. This left the door open for Flybe.
British Airways is continuing with its weekend services from Southampton via BA CityFlyer so the demand is clearly there.
The economics are a little different for BA, however, because these flights use aircraft which usually serve London City Airport which is closed for 24 hours at the weekend. As long as the services cover their marginal costs it is worth BA operating them.