Leading regional airline celebrates first year successes as it doubles fleet size and achieves top aviation position in record time.
Exactly one year ago, Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline entered the Baltic and Nordic aviation market following the joint acquisition with Finnair of Finnish Commuter Airlines (Finncomm). Today, after just 12 months, it has quickly realised its ambition of becoming the leading regional airline for the Nordic and Baltic region and the largest international airline at Stockholm Bromma airport; tripled its revenue; doubled the size of its fleet; employed hundreds of new staff and is soon to celebrate its one millionth passenger.
“This past year has been a remarkable one for Flybe Finland and one that has been filled with many key milestones,” says Mike Rutter, Flybe Europe’s Managing Director. “I am pleased to report that we are well on track with our expectations for an anticipated increase in turnover to over €300m and, as of the end of October, we will have expanded our aircraft fleet to a total of 28 aircraft and increased Flybe Finland’s workforce with an additional 100 new jobs.
“Flybe’s landmark contract flying partnership with Finnair is a significant deal in contributing to additional company growth. It is a very positive step at a time when the economy and airline industry in particular has seen some four airlines in the region go out of business in the last four months alone. The deal reinforces our position in having become the region’s largest regional airline both in terms of the number of aircraft we operate and by the number of local staff we employ.”
In realising its intended expansion ambitions into Scandinavia, Flybe has wasted no time in opening up several brand new routes from Stockholm Bromma airport where it has became the largest international airline flying from Stockholm’s convenient, local airport. Its quickly growing schedule now offers flights to some of the region’s key business cities namely to Copenhagen, Oslo and Tallinn. The airline has stated often its long term plan for making Bromma a key regional Flybe base from where it intends to offer an even greater selection of key business and leisure destinations in the future. Plans are also well advanced for expansion deeper into Scandinavia including a number of key destinations in Denmark.
Flybe Finland’s first year has also seen the airline deliver on its promise of contributing to and giving back to the local communities it serves. During the year, Flybe Finland has come to the aid of regional communities and businesses in both Jyväskylä and Kajaani which faced the possibility of losing their air service to Helsinki and beyond; naming an aircraft ‘ForÅL’ in honour of the Åland islands and announcing its first sponsorship deal in the Nordic region with Åland’s IFK Mariehamn football club.
Adds Mr Rutter: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those passengers who have supported us during this first year. Today, people’s time is their most valued commodity and that plays a key role in driving travel decisions. Our goal is to encourage more people to fly to and from their local airports. We will continue to pursue aggressively the vision we committed to realising in August last year by further delivering on our promise to offer a comprehensive selection of reasonably priced, fast alternative methods of travel for the economic benefit of the entire region.”
Issued by: Flybe Media Desk, firstname.lastname@example.org