On 5 March 2020, struggling British airline Flybe entered into administration after the airline failed to secure a taxpayer loan of £100 million (€115 million). After more than 40 years of flying, the airline announced its demise when the entire fleet was grounded and seized. Alan Hudson, Joanne Robinson, Lucy Winterborne and Simon Edel of Ernst and Young (EY) have been appointed as Joint Administrators, mentions Flybe’s website.
All flights have been grounded and the UK business has ceased trading with immediate effect. In total, 2,000 jobs have been lost. The airline’s final flight was BE1047, from Manchester to Aberdeen which landed at 23:57 (UTC).
Owner Connect Airways comments that “the impact of COVID-19 on Flybe’s trading means that the consortium can no longer commit to continued financial support“.
Eastern Airways, which operates some flights on behalf of Flybe, said in a tweet it would honour Flybe tickets on the flights it operates, at least until Sunday. Similarly, Blue Islands has confirmed its flights will operate as normal, despite Flybe’s closure.
Our flights will continue to operate as normal & we advise passengers to arrive at their airports on time today. We will honour any tickets on @Flybe services operated by @EasternAirways for travel today, Friday or Sunday. Further updates for flights next week will follow #Flybe— Eastern Airways UK (@EasternAirways) March 5, 2020
If you are due to fly with Flybe, please DO NOT TRAVEL TO THE AIRPORT unless you have arranged an alternative flight with another airline. Please note that Flybe is unfortunately not able to arrange alternative flights for passengers.
If you have a booking sold by another airline that includes travel on a Flybe flight, please contact the relevant airline or travel agent to confirm if there is any impact to your travel plans.
Customers are also advised to monitor the Civil Aviation Authority website for further information (www.caa.co.uk).
In the event that you were an employee of the Company and you require any further information or assistance in relation to the Administration, please contact the Administrators on 0161 333 2596 or by email at email@example.com.
Creditors and suppliers
In the event that you were a supplier or creditor of the Company and you require further details in relation to the Administration, please direct your enquiries to the Administrators’ office on 0207 951 7801 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.