Flybe aims for Nordic dominance

Flybe takes over Finncomm with Finnair’s assistance

The fast-growing UK low-cost airline Flybe has taken a step closer to achieving its goal of greater dominance in the Nordic and Baltic countries by officially taking over Finncomm (Finnish Commuter Airlines) with assistance from Finnair and expanding services from the Finnish and Estonian capitals. The two airlines bought 60% and 40% of the company, respectively, during the summer together with its fleet of 16 planes.
With the beginning of the winter season, Flybe has launched five new routes from Helsinki, to Jyväskylä and Mariehamn in Finland, Umeå, Trondheim, and Tartu in Estonia, as well as two from Tallinn, to Stockholm Bromma and Tampere. It will launch three further routes from Tallinn in mid-November – to Oulu, Turku and Vaasa, all in Finland. Plus, in mid-December, it will add Tampere-Kittilä and, in mid-February 2012, four further domestic routes: Helsinki-Enontekiö, Turku-Kittilä, Tampere-Kuusamo and Seinäjoki-Kittilä. All of these seasonal routes had previously been operated by Finncomm.
[pictured: One of Flybe’s new Embraer E175 aircraft]