Talks underway to rescue Flybe

Flybe aircraft

The airline operates more United Kingdom domestic flights than any other, and is in talks over potential emergency financing after suffering rising losses, Sky News reported.

In a statement, Pilots' union Balpa said it was appalled that the future of the airline and hundreds of jobs were being discussed in "secret" without input from employees or their representatives.

'It's therefore very concerning that 12 months after the new owners promised to keep Flybe going we are faced again with the airline potentially going bust'.

"Our economy is tanking".

"If government is serious about infrastructure investment in the regions, it must step in and protect what already exists".

Flybe now provides flights connecting the Isle of Man with Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

If Flybe fails to secure financing, it could prompt the second collapse of a major airline in the United Kingdom in less than six months. The airline was operating as normal yesterday.

Loganair confirmed that the partnership still stands but would not comment on "rumours regarding Flybe".

The news site said it was locked in crisis talks with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Transport (DfT).

Flybe is yet to officially comment on the report from Sky News, but in a tweet say they "continue to provide great service and connectivity for customers".

Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson was last night facing a backlash amid fears he and fellow investors could pull the plug on Flybe less than a year after coming to its rescue.

City of Derry Airport could not be reached for comment at this time.

SDLP MLA Daniel Crossan added that if Flybe flights were removed from Belfast City Airport it would be a "huge blow to the airport and the city in general".



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