Flybe and Air France Strike New Deal

Two airlines connect to offer more convenient travel options.
Collaboration between air travel companies Flybe and Air France will offer travellers more options for their holidays when travelling from UK regional airports. New intercontinental routes will be opened up for passengers wishing to fly from local airports instead of travelling to Heathrow to use the service. The two airlines have agreed to an extensive code share which gives passengers the option to fly from regional airports such as Exeter to connect to long haul flights leaving from Paris Charles de Galle airport. This merger is the first of its kind and is a bold step toward taking away the belief that Heathrow is the only international departure point for many destinations around the world. With plans being finalised this agreement should come into fruition as early as October.
Industry experts are already hailing the move as a great step for the travel industry, one executive stated that ‘If the connections and fares are fight, it will be a bonus for Exeter and a big help to the industry in general. You can link to almost anywhere through Paris but it will be important to see that the route connect properly to avoid waiting times’.
Air France already operates from a wide range of UK regional airports including Edinburgh, Newcastle and Manchester; it also has a pre standing agreement with Air Mauritius that could come in useful with this impending plan. Flybe is fast becoming one of the UK’s biggest domestic airlines and has built up a strong presence in France. Its chairmen and chief executive, the aptly named Jim French has praised this new deal declaring it to be a ‘milestone’ in the travel industry.

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