Regional carrier Flybe has announced it will launch a new route between Heathrow and the Isle of Man from 21 April.

The announcement comes as the airline prepares to start its 2019 summer schedule from its newly re-opened base on the Isle of Man.

The daily flight will be operated by Flybe’s 78-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft, with tickets available to buy until 26 October. Services depart the island at 1350, landing in London at 1510, while the return flight leaves at 1705 and arrives at 1825.

Flybe claims this will be the first time in nearly 20 years that passengers have had a direct route between Heathrow and the island. British Airways operates a direct flight from London City, while Aer Lingus offers one-stop Heathrow services connecting in Manchester or Dublin.

The Isle of Man has a growing business community, as well as the Isle of Man International Business School.

Chief commercial officer Roy Kinnear 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.”

Isle of Man’s director of ports Ann Reynolds added: “This great news is a welcome addition and is a route that our diverse business economy has been seeking.”

Flybe was recently acquired by Connect Airways, a consortium made up of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital.

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