Flybe, a British regional carrier, will begin ticket sales on March 22, 2022, as part of its relaunch preparations.
After rebranding and restructuring efforts fell through, Flybe went bankrupt in March 2020. It now intends to return, seeking to capitalize on a rebound in travel demand following COVID-19.
“Next week is going to be an exciting time for customers and communities that have been waiting to hear from us about low fares, new routes, and new destinations—all of which are being timed to coincide with the restart of the economy and a return to normalcy after two difficult years for all,” Chief Executive Dave Pflieger said in a statement.
The regional carrier will be based in Birmingham (BHX) and will eventually operate a fleet of 32 De Havilland DHC-8-400 turboprop aircraft, according to Pflieger.
Flybe also revealed that Belfast City Airport (BHD) will be its second base, with ambitions to “expand swiftly, generate more employment, and add more flights as the summer develops.”
In November 2021, Flybe received its first Dash 8-400 aircraft. Nordic Aviation Capital had previously disclosed intentions to lease 12 of the planes.
This year, a number of new airlines are expected to begin operations. However, Norse Atlantic Airways, a European low-cost long-haul carrier, has just delayed its launch and ticket sales, citing concerns over the Ukraine conflict and rising oil prices.