Flybe passengers offered free travel on Avanti West Coast and FirstGroup trains this week: Front of Pendolino

05 Mar 2020

Flybe passengers offered free travel on Avanti West Coast and FirstGroup trains this week

Following the news that airline Flybe will not be providing any flights today (Thursday 5 March),  FirstGroup's rail companies, including Avanti West Coast, will offer a free ticket on its trains to all Flybe customers and employees intending to travel during the coming week.

  • Avanti West Coast and FirstGroup Rail companies will offer a free ticket on its trains to Flybe passengers and employees

Following the news that airline Flybe will not be providing any flights today (Thursday 5 March),  FirstGroup's rail companies, including Avanti West Coast, will offer a free ticket on its trains to all Flybe customers and employees intending to travel during the coming week.

FirstGroup’s rail companies comprise of Avanti West Coast; Great Western Railway; South Western Railway; TransPennine Express and Hull Trains.

Customers will need to provide a boarding pass or other valid proof of booking for a flight any time up to 23:59 on Wednesday 11 March. They should show this to employees at the station ticket office where they begin their journey and will be given a complimentary standard class ticket to their original flight destination, via any reasonable route. Flybe employees should show staff ID to take up the same offer.

Phil Whittingham, Managing Director of Avanti West Coast, said: "This is a very difficult time for Flybe staff and passengers. If we can help make it a bit easier we're happy to do so."

First Rail Managing Director Steve Montgomery said: “Our rail services connect people and communities up and down the country and as a gesture of goodwill we want to ensure that anyone who was due to travel on Flybe’s grounded flights this coming week can still complete their journey.”

 

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Avanti West Coast

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About Avanti West Coast

Avanti West Coast, operator of intercity rail services on the West Coast Main Line, is a joint venture between FirstGroup and Trenitalia, delivering a cleaner, greener railway that drives the West Coast forward.

We’re on a mission to revolutionise train travel, linking together the towns and major cities of the UK to create an iconic railway the country can be proud of. We’ve got big plans including a fleet of new intercity trains, as well as the complete refurbishment of the existing Pendolino train fleet. There will be 263 more train services every week by 2022 with new routes added, and a much-improved onboard service with enhanced free Wi-Fi, plug sockets, 25,000 brand new seats and improved catering. Since 8 December 2019, passengers have benefited from improved passenger compensation, available for journeys delayed by just 15 minutes.