Flybe is Europe's largest independent regional airline, operating more domestic routes in the United Kingdom than any other carrier. Their franchising agreements with Stobart Air, Loganair and Blue Islands mean that Flybe can reach niche destinations like the Scottish Islands and other small regional airports, covering 70% of the United Kingdom. Flybe's routes aren't all UK-based, of course. The airline operates a fleet of 83 aircraft, with flights to more than 218 destinations across 10 countries. Flybe are a member of the Avios frequent flyer program (along with British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus) and their focus cities include Inverness, London-City and Jersey.
Information correct as of March 2017
How to check in
Flybe has five check-in options. As well as online check-in, airport check-in, and self-service check-in at an airport kiosk, passengers also have the option to select automatic check-in via email or mobile. You do this during the flight booking process, and Flybe will send you an email between 36 and 15 hours before departure or to your mobile between 36 and 2 hours before you fly. One less thing to worry about during (or before) your trip.
Seating is allocated, with the option to choose your seat in advance for a small fee. "Get More" passengers can pre-book standard seating for free, while "All In" passengers have the option to book standard or extra-legroom. On Flybe aircraft, the minimum seat pitch (the distance between your seat and the one in front) is 30 inches and the minimum width is 17 inches. It's possible to book an empty seat beside your own, if you're worried that the space may not be suitable for your needs. You need to contact Flybe by phone to do this.
Flybe charge a fee if you use a credit card (rather than debit card) to book your flight. Note that all tickets are non-refundable, but if you don't use your ticket you will be subject to a £25 admin fee.
Service on board
Flybe offer three ticket types: Just Fly (the basic package), Get More and All In. Just Fly and Get More passengers can pay for refreshments from the in-flight cafe, while All In passengers are entitled to one complimentary deli item and one complimentary drink. There's no in-flight entertainment system, although the provided Flight Time magazine often features a range of enlightening articles about travel destinations within the Flybe network.
Flybe was one of just two British airlines to take a spot in OAG's top 20 global airline punctuality league table in 2016. They were named the most punctual UK airline by Which? in December 2014.
Baggage Allowances and Fees
We've written a huge blog post all about Flybe's hand luggage and hold baggage rules, as well as the associated fees. We've even included some extra tips on making the most of your allowance (so you won't need to choose between your two favourite T-shirts). Read all about it here: Flybe's luggage rules explained.
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