Flybe has celebrated a UK milestone with its year-round service between Manchester (MAN) and Luxembourg (LUX) that, until 1 September, was a destination previously only accessible from London’s airports. Flights start at daily, but from October will operate twice-daily from Monday to Friday and once a day on weekends with a mix of Q400s and ERJ 175s. Vincent Hodder, Flybe Chief Revenue Officer, commented: “We are delighted to be launching our first flights between Manchester and Luxembourg today. Not only is this a first for Flybe, it is also now the only direct route offered to Luxembourg City outside of London. We have scheduled flight times to make day trips a real possibility as well as helping business travellers save on expensive hotel costs.” Manchester Airport’s Commercial Director, Stephen Turner, said: “We’re delighted to see the launch of Flybe’s new service to Luxembourg, which is a new route for Manchester. We’re confident the route will prove hugely popular with the 22 million people in our catchment area.” There is no direct competition on this city pair. On the same day, the UK regional airline also began daily flights from Southampton (SOU) to Munich (MUC). Operated by Flybe’s Q400 fleet, the 987-kilometre sector, which was originally scheduled to start in June, will face no direct competition.