Is Flybe still operating, will it collapse and what to do if you have flights booked with them
Jan. 13, 2020
Flybe, Britain’s biggest regional airline, is reported to be on the verge of collapse, with reports that the company is entering survival talks in a bid to continue operating.
Sky News has reported that up to 2,000 people could lose their jobs if the airline – which handles half of Britain’s domestic flights outside of London – goes into administration.
The company has about 75 aircraft and operates in over 80 airports across the UK and Euope.
Reports that it could collapse come just a year after Flybe was bought out by Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group in a rescue deal worth £2.2m.
So is the company still operating – and what should you do if you have booked a flight with them?
Here’s what you need to know…
Is Flybe still operating?
As of Monday morning the company is still in operation.
They took to Twitter to confirm it was business as usual, saying: ‘Flybe continues to provide great service and connectivity for our customers while ensuring they can continue to travel as planned.
‘We don’t comment on rumour or speculation.’
Will Flybe collapse?
It’s unclear at the moment whether Flybe will be saved or whether the airline will go into administration.
A source has told Sky News that the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy could provide the company with emergency funding.
It’s also been reported that accountancy firm EY have been put on standby as administrators in the event that the airline does collapse.
If they do, they’ll be the second airline to go under in four months, following the collapse of Thomas Cook back in September.
That company was later bought out by Hays Travel , the UK’s largest independent travel firm.
Another airline, Flybmi, also collapsed last February .
What should you do if you have flights booked with Flybe?
With the company having confirmed on Twitter that they are continuing to operate, it would appear to be business as usual for Flybe – for now, at least.
That said, if you are due to fly with them it’s best to keep an eye on their Twitter page – as well as the news – for any more developments before you set off for the airport.
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