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Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - Leading regional airline marks tenth anniversary of changed business model with 10% ticket sale on selected routes and welcomes its 5-millionth passenger at South West airport.

2012 is a significant year for Flybe as it not only celebrates the tenth anniversary since its changed business model transformed the then 23-year old airline, into Flybe but also its five millionth passenger at Exeter International Airport during that time.

To mark the milestones, it is offering 10% off bookings made before midnight on July 25th for travel through to October 25th on a selection of popular routes that include a number of destinations available from Exeter and through its popular Manchester hub; and this morning surprised Ms Helen Preston from Sidbury travelling on the morning flight to Malaga with champagne and free tickets as its five millionth passenger. Ms Preston and her family were greeted as they checked in by Simon Lilley, Flybe’s Director of Marketing and Matt Roach, Exeter Airport’s Managing Director.

Over the past ten years, the airline has prospered and grown despite the continued tough economic challenges faced by the aviation industry. Flybe operates more UK domestic flights than any other carrier and is the leading airline at 12 UK airports,. It has also grown to incorporate, under the Flybe Group umbrella, Flybe Aviation Support that comprises its globally-respected Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul division, and the Flybe Training Academy.

At Exeter Airport, Flybe’s passenger number have experienced a massive 499% increase over the last ten years and from just four routes offered to Belfast City, Jersey, Guernsey and Dublin it now gives travellers a choice of up to 22  key routes with a total of up to 204 flights a week.

Source: Flybe

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