Air links between the Isle of Man and Heathrow are to be resumed this month – for the first time in 17 years.
Regional airline Flybe will begin a daily return service on 21 April operating a 78 seat Bombardier Q400 aircraaft. Flights depart Isle of Man at 1350 hrs with the return leg departing Heathrow at 1705 hrs.
“This will be the first time in nearly 20 years, that the island has had a direct connection to London’s largest airport and to the numerous convenient onward connections available via the UKs busiest international hub” said a statement from the company.
“Despite being the first whole nation to receive a UNESCO biosphere status, an award-winning International Business Centre with a dynamic and expanding digital economy and a popular tourist destination – especially during the world-renowned annual motorcycle racing week – the Isle of Man has not had a fast, convenient connection to Heathrow for many years it said.
Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer said “We are naturally delighted to provide the Isle of Man with renewed connectivity to the capital and onwards to the multiple long-haul destinations available via Heathrow as we start our operations again from the Isle of Man. We look forward to welcoming many new passengers on board this direct service.”