Published on : Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Flybe, a British airline based in Exeter, England cancelled their numerous flights for operational reasons, affected thousands of passengers. Flybe took the decision on Tuesday evening, and told affected passengers by text and emails.
Belfast City has had at least 10 cancellations, with Birmingham and Southampton also badly affected.
All of them are “core” airports for Flybe. Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff are also affected.
But the airline’s Heathrow services – including the eight flights a day to and from Newquay that were launched at the weekend – appear unaffected. Flybe branded flights that are actually operated by Stobart Air and Eastern Airways should not be grounded.
But according to the media new reported, this disruption happens due to shortage of flight crew to run the schedule.
The airline’s explanation for cancelling the flights is “operational reasons” – the aviation industry’s catch-all for unfortunate circumstances.
The airline went into the winter season forecasting a dreadful winter, financially, and was recently rescued by a consortium of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Air and a US hedge fund.
The rumours are that the airline will try to “shrink to success”, cutting aircraft and staff. As a result pilots and cabin crew are leaving Flybe for other airlines. Pilots are also furious that the sale reduced the value of the shares that they had received in lieu of wage increases to almost nothing.
Many people will simply cancel their trips or go by road or rail, but under European air passengers’ rights rules Flybe must provide alternative flights. Every passenger is also entitled to €250 (£215) in compensation under European air passengers’ rights rules – which, if everyone claims, is a sum approaching half a million pounds, once the lost fare revenue is taken into account.