Flybe has announced plans to open its first European crew base on February 1 after securing an agreement with Düsseldorf Airport. The Exeter-based regional carrier said the creation a Continental hub “underlines [its] commitment to serving Germany and will ensure an even more efficient and reliable service.”
In preparation for the opening of the new base, the airline has recently embarked on a recruitment drive for more than 60 pilots and cabin crew, and secured engineering support for two based 78-seat Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 turboprops.
Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, commented: “The decision to open a new crew base in Düsseldorf marks an important milestone for the airline. Regional communities are increasingly under-served by mainstream airlines and alternative modes of transport in mainland Europe as they are in the UK. Local basing of aircraft and crew will help us serve the local community in and around Düsseldorf much more cost-effectively.”