The failure of Flybe comes less than a year since it commenced operations.
On January 27th, British regional carrier Flybe announced that it had entered administration and would cease operations, less than a year since commencing flight services. All previously and future scheduled flight services have since been canceled, and the airline emphasized in its announcement that they will not be rescheduled.
Flybe collapses yet again
Unfortunately, this collapse of Flybe marks the second downfall for the carrier, having first collapsed in March 2020. Flybe was among the first few airlines to go out of business when the pandemic first emerged, although its problems had started well before that.
Under administration in 2020, the sale of Flybe was subsequently completed, and the airline was to be reincarnated as Flybe Limited under new owners. While initially planned to resurrect with a relaunch in 2021, the new Flybe finally commenced flight services in April last year. It intended to serve 16 airports in the UK, France, and the Netherlands during the summer season.
It seems the relaunch efforts weren’t enough to ensure Flybe remained flying after it re-entered into administration today. Hundreds of passengers will be affected, and many employees’ jobs will be at risk again. Paul Smith, Consumer Director at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said:
“It is always sad to see an airline enter administration, and we know that Flybe’s decision to stop trading will be distressing for all of its employees and customers. We urge passengers planning to fly with this airline not to go to the airport as all Flybe flights are cancelled. For the latest advice, Flybe customers should visit the Civil Aviation Authority’s website or our Twitter feed for more information”
Another tooth in the UK’s regional aviation sector
Once the biggest regional airline in Europe, it was hoped the new Flybe would grow into an equally successful carrier. Operating from Belfast City, Birmingham, and London Heathrow to airports across the UK and to Amsterdam, and Geneva, the new airline never quite filled the shoes of its predecessor, and now it never will..
For several passengers, Flybe’s city links, such as from Cornwall Airport Newquay to London Heathrow were vital connections. And just a couple of weeks prior, the regional carrier announced its summer schedule for this year, highlighting the launch of two new destinations and the resumption of popular holiday favorites from the past. But with the definite collapse of the reiterated Flybe, the UK’s regional aviation industry will be suffering from a loss yet again.
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