Low-cost carrier Flybe has been forced to cancel flights scheduled for Wednesday, causing widespread disruption to its customers. The incident has occurred just as the carrier is entering talks that could see it cut jobs. Flybe has apologized for the disruption and said it will offer compensation.
Regional British carrier Flybe has been forced to scrap dozens of flights scheduled for Wednesday, causing widespread disruption across its network of operations, the BBC reports.
In a statement, the carrier said that 95 percent of all of its flights were operating as planned. However, the outlet reports that services from Northern Ireland’s George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) and Birmingham Airport (BHX) have been impacted.
This disruption comes just as the airline is beginning talks that could see it cut jobs. As part of this, it is seeking to phase out the use of jets across its operations; these will be replaced by more cost-effective turboprop airliners.
Explaining the cause behind these cancellations, the carrier apologized to all of its customers and said, “We are doing our best to mitigate the impact of the current situation that has arisen due to a combination of factors including seasonality, pilots’ end of leave year, Easter holidays, base restructuring and the shortage of pilots across the industry that Flybe has highlighted over recent months.”
“We have already identified several mitigation actions and will be issuing further updates throughout the day. All those affected have been emailed and advised they can re-book for travel on an alternative flight or apply for a full refund,” it added.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Christine Ourmières-Widener offered her comments on the cancellations, saying that Flybe was “engaging with all impacted crew.” She added that customers would be offered compensation and that the airline expected to swiftly resume its full operations.
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