Airline Flybe collapses with hundreds of jobs lost

Cut-price airline Flybe has collapsed.

All of its scheduled flights have been cancelled, the company has ceased operations, and hundreds of jobs have been lost.

Less than a year after returning to the sky after a prior collapse, the airline has entered administration again.

According to media reports, 277 of Flybe’s 321 employees have been let go. The remaining 44 were kept on.

For more information, ticket holders were encouraged to visit the Civil Aviation Authority website or, if they had bought through an intermediary, to get in touch with the appropriate agency.

From Belfast, Birmingham, and Heathrow, Flybe offered regular flights to airports all around the United Kingdom as well as to Amsterdam and Geneva.

The airline shared the following statement on its Twitter page: “We are sad to announce that Flybe has been placed into administration.

“Interpath’s David Pike and Mike Pink have been chosen as administrators.

“Unfortunately, Flybe has now stopped operating.

All Flybe flights within and outside of the UK have been cancelled, and no new dates will be offered.

“It is always disappointing to see an airline enter administration, and we know that Flybe’s decision to halt trading will be upsetting for all of its staff and customers,” CAA Consumer Director Paul Smith said.

“All Flybe flights have been cancelled, thus we strongly advise everyone who is scheduled to fly with this company to stay away from the airport.

Customers of Flybe should check the Civil Aviation Authority’s website or our Twitter feed for the most recent guidance.

“We appreciate the impact this will have on Flybe’s passengers and staff, but this remains a hard environment for airlines, both new and old, as they recover from the epidemic,” a government spokesman said.

“Supporting those who are returning home and staff who have lost their employment is our top responsibility right now.

In order to make travel as easy and affordable as possible, the​​ Civil Aviation Authority offers guidance to travellers.

“The majority of the places Flybe flies to are in the UK, where there are other transportation options.

“We acknowledge that the affected employees and their families are going through a difficult time.

Through its Rapid Response Service, Jobcentre Plus is prepared to assist any affected employees.

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