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UK regional carrier Flybe announces comeback with Birmingham HQ and 2022 start

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Flybe, a British minor airline, is making a comeback. The airline declared that operations will commence in early 2022, with its headquarters and first crew base in Birmingham (BHX).

Due to financial issues, Flybe suspended operations in March 2020. It had planned to rebrand as Virgin Connect, but due to a delay in restructuring and the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was put into administration. It was based in Exeter, in the southwest of England.

Administrators sold the company’s assets and business in April 2021 to a new company, which renamed itself Flybe Ltd.

The airline wants to operate a fleet of De Havilland DHC-8-400 turboprop aircraft that will serve “important districts across the United Kingdom and the European Union,” according to the company. It had scheduled to resume operations in the summer of 2021.

“(Birmingham) was an ideal choice for us due to its great people and highly skilled workforce, its central UK location, and the fact that Birmingham Airport is a global travel hub where local and connecting customers have access to over 150 worldwide destinations,” chief executive Dave Pflieger said in a statement on November 17, 2021.

Flybe said it would provide more information about routes, destinations, and ticket rates in the following weeks and months.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for us, and we look forward to sharing more updates in the future,” Pflieger added.

Flybe also noted that it was one of the first airlines to be certified by the UK Civil Aviation Authority following Britain’s exit from the European Union on December 31, 2020.

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