Flybe – low-cost air travel for 65 airports across Europe

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Based out of Exeter, England, Flybe is one of the UK’s largest providers of low-cost air travel.

Originally launching in 1979, most of the company’s flights operate from Birmingham Airport – though they are responsible for around 180 different routes servicing 65 airports across Europe.

Despite being a relatively small operation – they currently only employ around 2,600 people and have estimated revenues of around £600 million – Flybe is ranked as Europe’s largest regional airline, providing service to communities that may otherwise be isolated.

This is heavily linked to their foundation as Jersey European Airways, and have since maintained focus on their flights to the Channel Islands and other small territories.

Flybe remain one of the few budget flight providers who still provide allocated seating for customers without any extra charge – though those flying with the company still have to make additional payments for food and drink when aboard the aircraft.

Although they were one of the many companies to benefit from the boom in consumer demand for discount air travel around the turn of the millennium, the growing market share of EasyJet and Ryan Air has seen Flybe hit hard, making a loss of £23 million in 2013. The company has recently tried to limit these losses by diversifying – including the launch of Flybe Nordic in conjunction with Finnair in 2011, aimed at providing additional services to Northern Europe.