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Reassurance to passengers from Cornwall over Flybe

Reassurance to passengers from Cornwall over Flybe

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:10pm 13th January 2020. (Updated at 8:21am 14th January 2020)

Cornwall Airport Newquay says flights are operating as normal amid fears over Flybe's future.

The Exeter-based airline is having meetings with the government to try and save it from collapse.

But passengers in the Duchy are being given reassurance.

"We cannot comment on the media speculation regarding Flybe.

"We can reassure our passengers that it is business as usual and flights to and from Cornwall Airport Newquay are operating as normal.

Cornwall Airport Newquay

But Flybe, Europe's biggest regional airline, was locked in survival talks on Sunday night less than a year after being bailed out by a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium.

It has been trying to secure additional financing amid mounting losses.

The government is understood to have been briefed on the crisis at Flybe in the last few days, with more than 2,000 jobs at risk if the company collapses.

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"I was concerned to hear the news about the potential future of Flybe this morning.

"As Europe's biggest regional airline, Flybe is crucial to Cornwall Airport Newquay, as well as many other regional airports."

"I will be seeking more information this morning and will discuss with the Aviation Minister what can be done as a matter of urgency."

Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay

If Flybe is unable to stitch together a rescue deal, it would be the second major airline collapse in four months, following Thomas Cook Group's implosion last September.

Flybe operates about 75 aircraft and serves more than 80 airports across the UK and Europe.

The union Unite is concerned, as it represents hundreds of members at Flybe.

"The speculation about Flybe's future is deeply unhelpful and incredibly unsettling for the company's loyal workforce.

"Unite is now seeking an urgent meeting with the company to fully understand the challenges Flybe is facing.

"Unite is committed to helping ensure the future of the company and to preserve jobs but this can't be achieved if the union is kept in the dark.

"It is essential that the government plays an active role in helping to ensure that Flybe continues to operate. It is not acceptable for the government simply to prepare for failure.

"The government must demonstrate that it has learnt the lessons from the collapse of Monarch, which it failed to apply during the collapse of Thomas Cook.

"The government must implement both the Airline Insolvency Review and the Insolvency and Corporate Governance Review at the earliest possible opportunity. It has previously committed to do so, but actions speak far louder than words."

Unite assistant general secretary, Diana Holland

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