Major UK Airline Cancels All Scheduled Flights and Says it Won’t Help Stranded Passengers
A major UK airline has suddenly ceased trading, leaving flights cancelled and passengers stranded without help.
UK regional carrier Flybe has ceased trading and all scheduled flights have been cancelled.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) made the announcement the company had gone into administration and urged those with booked Flybe flights not to travel to airports, The Sun reports.
Three early Flybe flights from Belfast, two from Birmingham and two from Amsterdam were all showing as “scheduled on time” on Flybe’s online flight status live tracker at 5am this morning UK time.
But the CAA urged ticketholders to instead check its website for the latest information.
On Flybe’s website a statement reads: “Please note that Flybe is unfortunately not able to arrange alternative flights for passengers.”
Usually, the CAA steps in to help stranded passengers.
However, when approached by The Sun, a spokesperson said: “Flybe customers who still need to travel, will need to make their own alternative travel arrangements via other airlines, rail or coach operators.”
Fuming customers have been flocking to social media to try and figure out their next steps.
One wrote: “Stranded in Geneva now, due to fly tomorrow morning. Spent my last euro at aprés, what do I do now?”
Another added: “Stranded at Heathrow after we were told we’d been rebooked on a new flight this morning!”
“You allowed me to book extras yesterday and take my money. The second time this has happened. What utter, utter scumbags.”
CAA consumer director Paul Smith said: “It is always sad to see an airline enter administration and we know that Flybe’s decision to stop trading will be distressing for all of its employees and customers.
“We urge passengers planning to fly with this airline not to go to the airport as all Flybe flights are cancelled. For the latest advice, Flybe customers should visit the Civil Aviation Authority’s website or our Twitter feed for more information.”
The airline also confirmed the “sad” move, noting that administrators had been brought in.
“We are sad to announce that Flybe has been placed into administration,” Flybe tweeted.
“David Pike and Mike Pink of Interpath have been appointed administrators. Flybe has now ceased trading. All Flybe flights from and to the UK are cancelled and will not be rescheduled.”
It comes after Flybe returned to the skies in April following an earlier collapse.
It returned with a plan to operate up to 530 flights per week across 23 routes, serving airports such as Belfast City, Birmingham, East Midlands, Glasgow, Heathrow and Leeds Bradford.
Flybe was pushed into administration in March 2020 with the loss of 2400 jobs as the Covid-19 pandemic destroyed large parts of the travel market.
Before it went bust it flew the most UK domestic routes between airports outside London.
Its business and assets were purchased in April 2021 by Thyme Opco, which is linked to US hedge fund Cyrus Capital.
It had been based at Birmingham Airport.
The UK Government said that its “immediate priority” would be to support anyone trying to get home and those who have lost their jobs.
“This remains a challenging environment for airlines, both old and new, as they recover from the pandemic, and we understand the impact this will have on Flybe’s passengers and staff. Our immediate priority is to support people travelling home and employees who have lost their jobs,” a spokesperson said.
“The Civil Aviation Authority is providing advice to passengers to help them make their journeys as smoothly and affordably as possible.
“The majority of destinations served by Flybe are within the UK with alternative transport arrangements available.
“We recognise that this is an uncertain time for affected employees and their families.
“Jobcentre Plus, through its Rapid Response Service, stands ready to support any employee affected.”
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