Flybe collapses into administration over coronavirus pressure – passengers stranded

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Flybe collapses into administration over coronavirus pressure – passengers stranded

An email from Mark Anderson, which was seen by Sky News, informed staff of the news just after 12.30am on Thursday. The announcement has sparked chaos for passengers due to flights being cancelled or diverted to the wrong airports, as well planes being impounded. Mr Anderson’s letter said: “It’s with enormous sadness and a deep feeling of sorrow that I share the upsetting news that Flybe is shortly being put into administration.

“Despite every effort, we now have no alternative – having failed to find a feasible solution to allow us to keep trading.

“While our shareholders and the leadership team have worked with the government and key suppliers to try to get the funding and support needed, this has not materialised.

“The coronavirus has impacted both our shareholders and ourselves and has put additional pressure on an already difficult situation.

“I am very sorry that we have not been able to secure the funding needed to continue to deliver our turnaround plan.”

The UK Civil Aviation Authority tweeted: “Flybe has entered administration.

“All Flybe flights are cancelled. 

“Please do not go to the airport as your Flybe flight will not be operating.

“For flights operated by franchise partners, passengers should make contact with their airline.”

READ MORE: Flybe chaos: Airline’s website collapses as company goes down

Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said: “Unite members and the entire staff at Flybe, will be feeling angry and confused about how and why the airline has been allowed to collapse.

“It is simply outrageous that the government has not learned the lessons following the collapse of both Monarch and Thomas Cook that the much promised airline insolvency review has still not materialised.

“While other European countries are able to introduce measures to keep airlines flying when they enter administration, the UK remains unable or unwilling to do so.

“The UK economy is highly dependent on a viable and supported regional airline and airport network. For central government not to support and nurture this, especially as we deal with the twin uncertainties of the Covid-19 virus and the changes that will come with Brexit, is unhelpful and irresponsible.

“Other major airlines have repeatedly said that they are ready and willing to organise flights on Flybe’s routes and for the sake of the passengers and communities that the airline served, the government must ensure that those commitments become reality.

“Unite will be providing advice and assistance to our members to help them at this highly difficult time.”

Andy McDonald, Shadow Transport Secretary, said the loss of Flybe would cause “real anxiety” throughout the country.

He said: “The Civil Aviation Authority is sadly very well practised, following the collapse of Monarch and Thomas Cook, at responding to airline failure and looking after passengers. No doubt they will do that once more.


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