UK airline Flybe has gone into administration, putting 2,000 jobs at risk, after a bid for fresh financial support failed.
Flybe has hit the headlines over the last few months as they sought to secure financial support to keep the airline operating. Flybe narrowly avoided going bust in January.
The airline had been in talks to secure a £100m lifeline and were seeking changes to Air Passenger Duty taxes in order to save the firm.
Flybe is blaming the collapse of the firm on the coronavirus outbreak and lower demand for air travel.
A notice on the Flybe website this morning reads:
“If you are due to fly with Flybe, please DO NOT TRAVEL TO THE AIRPORT unless you have arranged an alternative flight with another airline. Please note that Flybe is unfortunately not able to arrange alternative flights for passengers.
“If you have a booking sold by another airline that includes travel on a Flybe flight, please contact the relevant airline or travel agent to confirm if there is any impact to your travel plans.
“Customers are also advised to monitor the Civil Aviation Authority website for further information (www.caa.co.uk).
“If you require any further information or assistance, please contact the Administrators by phone on 0207 951 7801 or by email at [email protected].”
Speaking about the collapse, Ian Price, CBI Wales Director, said:
“Following Flybe’s collapse, our thoughts are with their employees and passengers trying to get home. Understandably they will be looking for reassurances today – addressing their concerns must be a priority.
“Government must support these talks, help protect those who’ve lost their jobs and secure vital regional connectivity. Better transport links are essential for Welsh firms and fundamental to the Government’s ambitions of ‘levelling up’ the UK’s economic performance.”