Flybe unveils launch fares for Scottish-Heathrow routes

Regional carrier Flybe has released promotional fares on its new Edinburgh and Aberdeen services to Heathrow for travel during their first month of operation (March 26-April 27).

One-way fares from Edinburgh start at £29.99, and from £34.99 for those to and from Aberdeen, inclusive of taxes and charges.

Flying into Terminal 2, Flybe will operate up to four flights a day from Edinburgh, with the early morning flight on weekdays at 0600 being the first to depart for Heathrow from the Scottish capital; and up to three return flights a day from Aberdeen.

• The new boss of Flybe has pledged to attack costs in order to make the regional carrier a more “customer-focussed” business.

The message from chief executive Christine Ourmieres-Widener (pictured) came as the airline revealed a 13.5% year-on-year rise in passenger revenue to £146.3 million in the three months to December.

Passenger numbers increased by almost 10% to 2.1 million in the quarter.

But Flybe warned that “uncertain customer confidence and poor weather” had contributed to a slow start to the current quarter with a 1% decline in yield and revenue per seat.

Former CityJet boss Ourmieres-Widener, who joined as chief executive on January 16, said: “My first priority is to look to rebuild passenger unit revenue and to challenge all our costs.

“This will be assisted by Flybe becoming an even more customer-focussed business as we achieve greater control over our fleet size.”