Flybe Becomes Virgin Connect In 2020

Flybe, troubled UK airline that was having severe issues earlier this year, is rebranded in 2020 under Virgin Connect and will continue to fly around the UK regions.


Connect Airlines, the official name of the operations, is owned by Cyrus Capital Partners (40%), Stobart Group (30%), and Virgin Atlantic (30%).

You can access Virgin Connect here.

Here’s the information that Virgin Connect has up on its website:

As Flybe, we have been connecting passengers across the UK and Europe for 40 years and as we embark on an ambitious transformation, Virgin Connect will continue our work as Europe’s Largest Regional Airline.

As part of the extended Virgin family, Virgin Connect will reflect the innovation and entrepreneurship of Virgin’s wider brands, putting our customers first and offering better value.

Providing great customer experience is at the core of Virgin Connect’s DNA and will be one of the many ways in which we will differentiate ourselves in the regional market upon rebranding next year.

Connect Airways* CEO, Mark Anderson said: “We are hugely excited by this milestone in our airline’s 40-year history. We will remain true to our heritage and reason for being, which is offering essential regional connectivity to local communities.

“At its heart, Virgin Connect will be passionately focused on becoming Europe’s most loved and successful regional airline. It will offer travel that is simple and convenient with the personal touch. Our customers will naturally expect the same exceptional travel experience as they do with other Virgin-related brands. Whatever their reason for flying, we want our customers to feel loved and know we will always put their needs first in every decision we take.

“As part of the Virgin family, we now have a tremendously re-energised team. From here on in, we invite our customers, partners and the communities we serve to join us on every step of this exciting journey!”

Keep an eye on this website and the Flybe social media channels for updates on our exciting journey to Virgin Connect.

What changes will you see?

We’ll be saying goodbye to purple and hello to red. We’ll also be offering our customers an enhanced customer experience, whilst continuing to connect the regions & our passengers to what matters most.

What happens to my Flybe booking?

Your booking won’t be affected. We’ll take care of all the details so all you have to do is look forward to flying.

I want to book a flight. What happens now?

For now, please visit to continue to book flights, check in and manage your booking.


Flybe used to be an Avios partner, but that ended on April 30th this year. I would assume that Virgin Connect will have a partnership with Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club.

Regional airlines have had significant issues in Europe, and many have folded. Glad that Flybe will have another chance under Virgin Connect-brand.