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Department hopes for a smooth transition following Flybe takeover of BA Connect 9 March 2007

The Department is confident that a smooth transitional period can be maintained following Flybe’s acquisition of BA Connect to ensure that any inconvenience to travellers is kept to a minimum.

The announcement by Flybe that there would be a 12-month codeshare agreement on all previous BA Connect routes was welcomed by the Minister for Transport, Hon David Anderson MHK.

‘The acquisition of BA Connect by Flybe is clearly a significant development for the Island, its residents and Isle of Man Airport,’

said Mr Anderson.

‘The codeshare agreement should ease the transition for travellers, while allowing them, for the next 12 months, to continue having their luggage checked through from the Isle of Man to their final destination when travelling onwards with British Airways.
’The codeshare means Flybe services on existing BA Connect routes will have codes incorporating both the Flybe and BA Connect names, which should help ease any confusion for travellers who have booked flights with BA Connect within the next year. When the codeshare ends, the facility for checking luggage through for connecting flights will be lost.

The Minister added:

‘The Department will endeavour to work closely with both Flybe and BA Connect over the coming months, and we will also be monitoring Flybe’s intention to introduce new routes from the Island and upgrade its fleet of aircraft over the next few years.’

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