Flying Under the Radar: Prince William and Kate Take $89 Flybe Flight to Scotland

Aug 23, 2019

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The Royals and their travels are in the news, again. No, it’s not because they flew a private jet. Quite the opposite, actually. On Thursday morning, Prince William and Kate were seen deplaning from a Flybe-marketed flight in Scotland — a ticket that, according to our searches on Google Flights, costs just $89 one-way.

As first reported by the Daily Mail, the couple and their three children were spotted leaving the plane into awaiting cars. The group departed from Norwich (NWI), traveling to Aberdeen (ABZ) to visit the Queen and Prince Philip at Balmoral.

According to flight-tracking website FlightAware, Flybe Flight 7622, which was operated by the carrier’s franchise partner Eastern Airways, departed NWI at 8:50 a.m. and arrived at ABZ at 9:55 am. Both the departure and arrival were on time for a total flight time of one hour and five minutes.

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The flight was operated by one of Eastern Airways’ Embraer 145 aircraft, according to FlightRadar24. The aircraft, which is just more than 18 years old, was first delivered to Régional in April 2001, according to PlaneSpotters, and Eastern took delivery of the aircraft in August 2012.

“The family were sat right at the front,” a passenger also on the flight told the Daily Mail. “I fly this route all the time and we were none the wiser. No one knew they were on the flight. Later on I realized that Kate’s mother was sat a few rows in front of me.”

(Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy)

“We were delighted to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family on board one of our flights again, this time when they flew from Norwich to Aberdeen with our franchise partner, Eastern Airways,” the airline said in a statement to TPG UK.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle came under fire earlier this week when a report surfaced that the duo traveled by private jet. Sir Elton John reportedly paid the carbon offset cost for the couple. A $89 Flybe ticket is quite the opposite of flying private.

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