Flybe looks set to operate flights from London Heathrow to Scotland when it relaunches this summer, having been awarded a bunch of British Airways’ take-off and landing slots.
The airline, whose assets were bought by new owners Thyme Opco after it sank into administration in March 2020, has been given enough slots to operate 43 flights a week.
Flybe is planning to use the slots to launch 25 flights a week from Heathrow to Edinburgh and 18 a week to Aberdeen, according to the blog Head For Points.
It says BA was obliged to give up the slots under a complex agreement reached with the European Union when it bought rival bmi. At the time, BA agreed that it would surrender slot pairs to any competitor who wished to begin services on selected routes where bmi had competed with BA.
These routes include Nice, Cairo, Riyadh and Moscow, as well as Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
As yet, Flye has not confirmed details of its planned relaunch, saying only that it will operate on many of its existing 65 former routes.
The airline’s new owners, who bought its assets from receivers EY, are not responsible for the debt.