British regional airline Flybe has cancelled multiple flights this week, as discussions about potential job losses take place.
The airline has today blamed an industry-wide shortage of pilots for the cancellations and subsequent delays, as well as its own employees taking holidays in recent weeks.
The Exeter-based company’s flights from Birmingham and Belfast were most affected, however, flights across many UK airports have felt the impact of the cancellations.
Following the cancellations, Flybe released a statement: “Flybe sincerely apologises to all our customers and partners affected by the current flight cancellations. Whilst 95% of Flybe flights are operating as per normal, we do recognise the impact of today’s cancellations.
“We are doing our best to mitigate the impact of the current situation that has arisen due to a combination of factors including seasonality, pilots’ end of leave year, Easter holidays, base restructuring and the shortage of pilots across the industry that Flybe has highlighted over recent months.
“We have already identified several mitigation actions and will be issuing further updates throughout the day. All those affected have been emailed and advised they can re-book for travel on an alternative flight or apply for a full refund.”
Flybe is planning on cutting jet flights from Exeter, Norwich, Cardiff and Doncaster airports, as the airline looks to streamline its process and start using cheaper aircraft for its local flights.