Flybe launches Scottish routes from London City

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Regional airline Flybe today said it was launching a number of routes from London City, including to Edinburgh and Inverness, as part of a five-year deal with the airport.

Along with the two Scottish routes, the carrier will launch services to Belfast, Dublin and Exeter on 27 October as it seeks to win about 500,000 passengers a year.

The move comes almost a year after Flybe said it was pulling out of Gatwick airport, blaming a “discriminatory pricing regime”.

Chief executive Saad Hammad said: “We are delighted to re-enter the London market at London’s most convenient airport following a rigorous profitability analysis utilising our strict route assessment model.

“Dedicating five growth aircraft initially to these new routes is a major statement of intent and we look forward to building a successful and growing presence there over the coming years.”