Flybe (airline code BE) is a regional budget airline based in Exeter, South West England. The airline floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2010. Rosedale Aviation Holdings owns 69%, Flybe staff 16% and British Airways 15%. Flybe began life at Jersey European Airways in 1979 and was rebranded twice, as British European in 2000 and Flybe in 2002. Flybe is based at Exeter airport, but its major operation from 2014 is now Birmingham airport, where it offers 32 routes with 12 aircraft and carrying around 1.7 million passengers. Flybe also operates from London City Airport, where routes include Exeter, Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast and Inverness. A service to Amsterdam runs at weekends. In all, the airline offers around 200 routes to 13 European countries. Flybe is also the biggest carrier at Birmingham airport in terms of aircraft movements and has a significant presence throughout Scotland via its franchise partnership with Loganair, which was sealed in 2008. This means that Loganair operates many flights for Flybe under the Flybe branding. Flybe has another franchise partnership at Southend Airport, where Stobart Air operates two aircraft as Flybe. As of spring 2015, Flybe will operate from Stansted and Bournemouth airports, the latter including international routes. Flybe underwent major expansion in 2006 when it acquired BA Connect, the former British Airways regional airline. Flybe operates a frequent flyer programme, Rewards4all, which is open to passengers purchasing any type of ticket.
1. Launched in 1979 as Jersey European Airways, later renamed British European and then Flybe
2. Took over BA Connect in 2007 to create Flybe Group
3. Took over Scotland’s Logan Air in 2008
4. Embarked on an agreement with Finnair on October 30th 2011 when Finncomm Airlines was renamed as Flybe Nordic as a result of ownership change
How to book a flight
You can buy flights via one of the following methods:
1. Buy online through their site using secure online sales system
2. Book through their Customer Call Centre
3. Purchase your flight at the airport for on the day or future travel
4. By visiting your local travel agent
5. Flybe offers three ticket type options which can be purchased through all channel.
How to pay
Payment for bookings can be made using a debit or credit card. Flybe does not accept cash or cheque as payment for changes made to booked itineraries. Exceptions to this are as follows:
Cash payment is accepted for:
1. Walk-ups at outstations
2. Changes at the desk
3. Excess baggage payments
4. Exceptional items of baggage payments
5. Airport baggage payments
Cheque payments are accepted for:
1. Bookings through the Flybe Groups department
2. Business Express customers
Flybe offers you the ability to select the currency you wish to pay online and you will be offered to either pay in pounds sterling or the currency of the Country in which the card is registered. For bookings made with a card registered in the UK, the currency shown in your booking will be determined by the origin of your journey and funds will be debited from your account in the booking currency converted by your issuing bank in pound sterling.
Flybe applies no debit card fees nor transaction fees. Should you wish to pay by credit card, a single fee is applied per booking regardless of number of passengers or sectors in your journey.
This applies to all Flybe and Loganair operated routes. Please view table of charges for full details.
Card charges only apply to:
1. New bookings
2. Ticket changes (itinerary, route and/or name changes)
Card charges do not apply to:
1. Any extras (baggage, advance seating, travel insurance, SMS) booked online or via the call centre after the original booking has been made
2. Any extras (baggage, exceptional items of baggage, excess baggage) purchased at the airport
3. Purchases made on-board (gift, fragrances, duty free, snacks and drinks)