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All flights cancelled as Flybe goes into administration

All flights cancelled as Flybe goes into administration

Published by Emma Carton at 6:31am 5th March 2020. (Updated at 12:52pm 5th March 2020)

The airline that operates dozens of flights out of Cornwall Airport Newquay has collapsed into administration.

Exeter-based Flybe only agreed a rescue plan with the government back in January.

Now a letter from its big boss says coronavirus has "made a difficult situation worse".

On Wednesday night, the following message could be seen on the company's website...

Flybe Message
Flybe has collapsed into administration, with all of its flights currently grounded. Photo: Message on the Flybe Website

However by the early hours of Thursday morning, a holding page had appeared with advice for passengers.

All of Flybe's flights have been grounded, with passengers being urged not to head to the airport on Thursday.

"Flybe entered Administration on 5 March 2020 and Alan Hudson, Joanne Robinson, Lucy Winterborne and Simon Edel of EY have been appointed as Joint Administrators.

"All flights have been grounded and the UK business has ceased trading with immediate effect".

Flybe

On Wednesday night, planes at some regional airports were reportedly not being refuelled.

Some passengers waiting on the tarmac were not sure whether theirs were going to take off.

Staff on the final flights were said to be in tears ahead of the confirmation they had no jobs to go to a few hours later.

Posting on his official Twitter account, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps promised help for passengers.

"Very sad that @flybe has gone out of business after serving passengers for four decades.

"Government staff will be on hand at UK airports ready to assist and we’re working with airline, train and bus operators to help people find alternative ways home.

"We are also urgently working with industry to identify how key routes can be re-established by other airlines as soon as possible.

"And we'll be working with @flybe staff to help them find new work in travel or other industries".

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps

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