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Save as much of Flybe as possible, urges BALPA

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), which represents the pilots of Flybe, has made contact with the company’s administrators and will be exploring with them which parts of the airline can be rescued.

Flybe performed an extremely important function connecting the nations and regions of the UK, providing employment and an economic stimulus in many areas and providing onward connections to other airlines. The airline was especially important to airports in Exeter, Newquay, Southampton, Birmingham, Cardiff, Belfast and the Channel Islands.

BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said:

“2,000 staff members have today woken up to the loss of their jobs, and many thousand more airport and other workers in the supply chain will also be deeply concerned.

“I believe there is a good economic case for a strong regional UK airline. Flybe operated routes which were not only economically and regionally vital, but also profitable.

“We will be exploring with the administrators which parts of Flybe can be rescued or sold as a going concern in the hope that as many jobs as possible can be saved.”