Flybe launches Heathrow flights as new Edinburgh and Aberdeen routes take off

Rebecca Smith
Flybe will fly between London and Edinburgh and Aberdeen
Flybe will fly between London and Edinburgh and Aberdeen (Source: Heathrow)

Flybe's inaugural flights at Heathrow touched down today, as it launches new routes between the London airport and Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

It is the first domestic carrier to begin operating at the UK's hub since 2013 and follows Heathrow's introduction of a £10 reduction in domestic passenger charges in January as it seeks to boost domestic connections at the airport.

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The new routes will use landing slots that became available thanks to the requirement set by the European Commission, following the acquisition of BMI by International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG).

Flybe chief executive Christine Ourmieres-Widener, said: “We are so pleased to confirm further our commitment to Scotland by offering even more flights to London with our two new routes from Edinburgh and Aberdeen to Heathrow’s Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal, giving passengers greater choice and also linking them with our range of codeshare partners."

Heathrow operations director Derek Provan added: "More airlines flying routes to Scottish airports means more flights, more competition and choice for families, and more visitors to Scotland."

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It wasn't all good news for Flybe today though - it has been fined £70,000 for sending millions of marketing emails to people who did not want to receive them.

An investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) found 3.3m unwanted emails were sent in August last year by the regional airline.

The emails were sent with the title "Are your details correct?" and advised recipients to amend any out of date information and update any marketing preferences. The email also said that by updating their preferences, people may be entered into a prize draw.

Steve Eckersley, ICO head of enforcement, said: "Sending emails to determine whether people want to receive marketing without the right consent, is still marketing and it is against the law. In Flybe’s case, the company deliberately contacted people who had already opted out of emails from them."

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