All flights to and from the UK have been canceled by airline Flybe as a result of going into administration. Any passengers expected to travel with the airline were advised not to go to the airport, according to a statement on the airline’s website that stated it had “ceased trading.”
A total of 75,000 people had their flights canceled on Saturday, including roughly 2,500 Flybe passengers. The administrator of Flybe confirmed that 277 of the company’s 321 employees will be laid off. The remainder of the company’s workforce would be kept, according to financial advisory firm Interpath.
UK Civil Aviation Authority
Flybe stated that it would not be able to assist travelers in finding substitute flights. The impacted parties will get guidance and information, according to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The company, which was only relaunched in April of last year, has been taken over by administrators.
It announced that it would stop trading in March 2020 and cited the coronavirus pandemic as a contributing reason. After being acquired by Thyme Opco, a company associated with the US hedge fund Cyrus Capital, and rebranded as Flybe Limited, the company was saved.
The airline started up again with a schedule of up to 530 flights per week on 23 different destinations.Flybe ran flights on 21 routes from Belfast City, Birmingham, and Heathrow to airports all around the UK as well as to Amsterdam and Geneva up until its most recent failure.
What to do in case of flight cancellation
- Customers are advised as follows by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the organization that oversees air travel in the UK:
- Those who made a direct credit, debit, or charge card booking with Flybe should get in touch with their card issuer to inquire about a possible refund.
Card issuers could ask for a “negative response” letter demonstrating the airline’s standing. This will be made public on the CAA website.
- Although the CAA has not yet indicated that it will conduct an operation to return stranded travelers, it is nevertheless advisable to visit its website.
- Customers who used a travel agent to book their flights as part of a package deal may be ATOL-protected, and they are recommended to get in touch with their agent.
- The majority of Flybe reservations are not included in package vacations and are not likely to be ATOL protected, but they might still be covered by travel insurance if it includes coverage for planned airline failure.
- Customers are recommended to email email@example.com for more information.
Early on Saturday morning, a statement announcing the appointment of joint administrators for Flybe Limited by the High Court was posted on the Flybe website.
There was a statement that said, “Flybe has now discontinued operations and all flights from and to the UK operated by Flybe have been canceled and will not be rescheduled.”
Please refrain from traveling to the airport if you have a Flybe flight scheduled for today (Saturday) or in the future unless you have secured alternate transportation. It also recommended contacting the middleman directly for anyone who has made a flight reservation with the airline through one.
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Chris Donnelly, who was scheduled to depart from Belfast City for Heathrow at 07:25 GMT, was one customer who was expected to board a Flybe flight this morning. At 03:07, he received an email from Flybe informing him that the firm had entered administration and that his trip had been canceled. It further advised customers not to go to the airport.
When Mr. Donnelly, a school principal, and political pundit, read the email, he was en route to the airport. Even though he was able to find a different trip from Belfast to Gatwick, doing so at such short notice was uncomfortable.
He continued by saying that the £50 train tickets he had purchased from Heathrow into central London were now useless to him. Sophie Levy, a member of the Royal Navy, took a journey on Friday with Flybe from Newquay to Heathrow; her return flight was initially scheduled for Sunday but has subsequently been canceled.
She claimed she is pressed for time since she needs to return to RNAS Culdrose on Sunday for promotional training. She said, “I will now be taking a train at short notice, which will leave me out of pocket.
My planned calm weekend ended up being chaotic. Freddy McBride, 61, of south London’s Balham, was scheduled to go with his wife on a flight from Heathrow to Belfast on Saturday morning, but he was forced to rebook with Aer Lingus.
“I got out of bed at six and was gone by seven. I checked my email when I arrived at Hatton Central and saw that they had entered administration. It’s absurd, “he stated.
With dozens of people, Belfast City Airport has the largest Flybe workforce in the UK, according to Matthew Hall, who expressed his sympathies “with Flybe employees and passengers.”
He claimed that eight of the ten Flybe itineraries were covered by other carriers, therefore anyone who had a reservation on a Flybe aircraft should avoid going to the airport.
How are they turning a profit, I wonder.
The airline operated routes from Newquay to Manchester and London Gatwick as well as flights from Cornwall.
CAA Consumer Director Paul Smith said
The news had come as a “great shock,” according to Louis Gardner, economy leader for Cornwall Council, and efforts will be made to find alternative providers for the routes.
“Every time I’ve traveled, I’ve always thought: ‘How are they making a profit?’ because the planes have never been more than 50% full,” said Seamus McCoy, who frequently used Flybe to fly between Newquay and London.
“It is always disappointing to see an airline enter administration, and we know that Flybe’s decision to halt trading will be upsetting for all of its staff and customers,” CAA Consumer Director Paul Smith said.
Civil Aviation Authority
passengers of Flybe should check the Civil Aviation Authority’s website or our Twitter feed for the most recent guidance. The government declared that helping those who were seeking to return home and the Flybe employees who had lost their jobs would be its “immediate priority.”
According to the statement, “this continues to be a difficult climate for airlines, both new and old, as they recover from the epidemic. We are aware of the effects this will have on Flybe’s customers and employees.” There were other ways to go to the majority of the UK destinations that Flybe served, according to the statement.
Even though customers should receive a refund, Simon Calder, the travel correspondent for The Independent, said on Today on BBC Radio 4 that finding substitute flights might be difficult because they would be more expensive than the ones that the customers had originally purchased through Flybe.
Even though there had been a recent increase in demand for air travel, he claimed that Flybe had “pretty narrow pickings” of travel routes when it resumed operations and had experienced problems with passenger loads on its flights.
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