Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, which represents over 450 workers at regional airline Flybe is seeking to minimise job losses at Flybe and provide reassurances about the company’s overall health after a clutch of flights were today (3 April) cancelled for ‘operational reasons’.

Redundancy proposals

Consultation talks are due to begin next week (10 April) on proposals by Flybe to place at risk of redundancy 38 pilots and 52 cabin crew. The redundancies are linked to Flybe’s proposals to close both the Cardiff and Doncaster airbases from 1 October 2019.

Minimise job losses

Unite regional officer Peter Coulson said: “Unite is seeking to minimise the potential job losses and secure assurances about Flybe’s long-term future.

“Our members are justifiably concerned about their jobs and future employment, as a result of the company cancelling a number of flights for ‘operational reasons’ and having launched a redundancy programme.

“It is essential that Flybe is fully transparent with its workforce about the exact situation facing the company. The current uncertainty is incredibly unsettling and is in danger of severely damaging morale at the company.”

January takeover

In January Flybe was purchased for £2.2 million by a consortium of Virgin Atlantic and the Stobart Group. Cyrus Capital Partners also has a stake in the new venture.


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.