Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, is to have an urgent meeting with the new owners of the airline Flybe for assurances on future job security for its more than 460 members.  

Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group have acquired the regional airline Flybe in a £2.2 million deal which will see the creation of a new airline group. Cyrus Capital Partners also has a substantial stake in the new venture.

Unite regional officer Peter Coulson said: “We are pleased that the period of uncertainty has come to an end with this announcement. That uncertainly had been caused by higher fuel costs, currency fluctuations and Brexit uncertainty.

“However, we will be meeting with the company as matter of urgency to fully understand the future business plan and seek assurances on jobs, and terms and conditions going forward.

“We are seeking a constructive dialogue to ensure a prosperous and secure future for Flybe and our members.”

The majority of Unite members at the airline are cabin crew.   

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