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Flybe collapse: BALPA disgusted at betrayal and broken promises

Commenting on the announcement that Flybe has ceased trading, BALPA General Secretary Brian Strutton said:

“A year ago Flybe was taken over by new owners with promises of funding for a bright future.

“Six weeks ago, when the ownership consortium lost confidence the Government promised a rescue package, apparently at that time recognising the value of Flybe to the regional economy of the UK.

“Throughout, pilots, cabin crew and ground staff have done their jobs brilliantly, while behind the scenes the owners and, sadly, Government connived to walk away.

“Flybe staff will feel disgusted at this betrayal and these broken promises.

“What happened to shareholders’ promises of a bright future as “Virgin Connect”?

“What happened to the Government rescue deal?

“It’s frankly sickening that other airlines have gone out of their way to push Flybe over the brink, putting 2,000 people out of work. How are staff going to find new jobs in the current climate?

“BALPA will be supporting the pilots in coming to terms with this situation and helping them with their rights and entitlements as well as training them for alternative jobs.”