Just a article on the issue (below) that LBA spotter has pointed out.lbaspotter said:Hi
Regional low cost airline Flybe.com have announced 2 new routes from its Manchester base today, They will fly direct 4 times weekly services to both Knock-Ireland West and Newquay Airports. Both services commence from the start off the winter 2011/12 timetable and are now both on sale via the airlines website at, http://www.flybe.com
Newquay flights will operate on = Monday, Thursday, Friday & Sundays. This service will replace the recently announced soon to be axed Air Southwest route.
Knock Ireland-West flights will operate on = Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. This service will replace recently announced soon to be axed bmibaby route.
I accept that they are new routes via Manchester but some already exist and will continue to exist as direct, non-stop routes such as Exeter-Glasgow, Exeter-Edinburgh, Exeter-Belfast City and Exeter-Norwich.However, by creating the hub, Flybe has effectively introduced the following new routes (all via MAN):
I agree that there is certainly an element of 'spin' in the article. However, the fact that MAN is actively being advertised as a hub in the originating cities can only be a good thing for the airport.I accept that they are new routes via Manchester but some already exist and will continue to exist as direct, non-stop routes such as Exeter-Glasgow, Exeter-Edinburgh, Exeter-Belfast City and Exeter-Norwich.
I take it this increase is mainly to feed into Flybe's MAN hub in the same it feeds from Exeter. No doubt some will still use the service for surfing and holidaying in Cornwall as well.Another increase noted in the timetable is Newquay, which rises from 3 weekly in the winter to 2xdaily in the summer.