flybe. (BE, Exeter) has begun international European flights following the launch of daily services from Hanover to each of Lyon St. Exupéry and Milan Malpensa on Tuesday, August 2.

"Flybe’s debut into this new marketplace marks the beginning of our ambition to provide mainland Europeans with the same high level of regional connectivity and choice of high frequency time-saving travel as we currently provide throughout the UK,” Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, Vincent Hodder, said marking the occasion.

Unlike fellow UK operator easyJet (U2, London Luton), flybe has not, as yet, indicated any intention to pursue a continental European AOC in the wake of the UK's vote to leave the European Union. However, while it has issued a GBP2.5 million (USD3.3 million) full-year profit warning given the recent decline in the Sterling's value against the US dollar, it does not expect the fall out from Brexit to 'significantly' affect its operations in the longrun.

“In the long run, Flybe's mission is unlikely to be affected in a significant manner by the form of the UK's new arrangements with the EU."

“The UK remains geographically part of Europe with continuing important cultural, social and economic links with the mainland."

“Flybe connects regional communities increasingly underserved by other airlines and alternative modes of transport, fulfilling a vital social and economic need, independent of political arrangements.”