The collapse of Flybe could ‘jeopardise’ future investment projects in the South West of England, Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Thursday 5 March). 

Unite said the demise of the airline shows the government is continuing to fail the UK’s aviation industry, which plays an essential role in regional economies operating in isolated areas.

Around 78 per cent of all scheduled departures at Exeter Airport are operated by Flybe, while nearly 66 per cent of departures at Newquay Airport are Flybe flights.

The union called on ministers to take a more interventionist approach ‘to prevent these devastating events from occurring’

Unite regional secretary for the South West Steve Preddy said: “The abject failure of Flybe’s owners to adapt to a modern business model, and more so, of the UK government to intervene in order to preserve this essential regional service, will have a significant negative affect on regional economic and business activity.

“The government continues in its failings towards the UK aviation industry. The aviation sector is essential in terms of providing direct and indirect employment and many economic benefits for business and leisure activities across the South West region. 

“Flybe had operations across the UK and Europe with links worldwide from isolated and other hard to reach areas of our region. Future investment projects may be jeopardised in the South West because of the government’s failure to recognise the importance of modern interconnected travel links.

“Unite will once again rise in support of affected Flybe members. It’s about time the UK government intervened to prevent these devastating events from occurring, particularly in a post Brexit economy.” 


Notes to editors: 

Flybe’s administration exposes the vulnerability of UK airline industry

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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.