The airline will base two Q400 Dash aircraft there and create up to 50 new jobs. The first flights will commence in March 2015 with a twice-daily service to Glasgow. In May 2015 other routes will start to Manchester (twice-daily), Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin, Deauville (Normandy), Biarritz, Toulon and Jersey.
This will open up Bournemouth to incoming passengers, as well as offering a good range of UK and European destinations that will be popular with both business and leisure travellers. By using the hubs at Manchester, Amsterdam and Paris, onward flights will be possible to dozens of other destinations.
This will be the biggest boost to Bournemouth Airport since Ryanair started operating. Ironically Ryanair pulled their Bournemouth-Glasgow (Prestwick) route a few years ago when it was their most successful route from Bournemouth. The advantage of the Flybe route to Glasgow is that it will fly into Glasgow International, which is much closer to the city centre than Prestwick./
The Manchester route will compete with the hourly Cross-Country Trains service from Bournemouth to Manchester. Recent signalling issues have made the rail route increasingly unreliable. The trains are often overcrowded and the journey time of nearly 5 hours bears no comparison to a flight time of around one hour. Fares, too, if booked well in advance, can be cheaper than the train.
The route to Biarritz is very convenient for Bordeaux and South-West France, as well as Northern Spain. It's a very small airport and therefore access to and from flights is very quick. Toulon offers good road links to the French Riviera.
Bookings are now open on the Flybe website and the cheapest fares are selling fast!