Flybe declared financial collapse on Thursday, March 5th, saying all its scheduled flights would stay on the ground.
“All flights have been grounded and the UK business has ceased trading with immediate effect,” the British company stated on its website.
Anyone scheduled to fly with Flybe was urged “not [to] travel to the airport” unless they had “arranged an alternative flight with another airline.”
Flybe has entered administration.
All Flybe flights are cancelled. Please do not go to the airport as your Flybe flight will not be operating.
— UK Civil Aviation Authority (@UK_CAA) March 5, 2020
A slump in the number of passengers following the coronavirus outbreak proved the fatal financial hit for the low-cost company, which had long been struggling financially, which received a financial help package from the UK government in January to save it from a near bankruptcy.
A stark reminder of how many UK regional airports have been hugely dependent on Flybe. The financial collapse of the airline will have potentially devastating effects on regional economies and put additional strain on other forms of transport.#Flybe pic.twitter.com/mzj7sOzcBv
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) March 5, 2020
There was confusion for some passengers over routes shared by Flybe and Air France – Air France has so far not confirmed whether its flights booked through or as part of a package with Flybe will continue to run.