Flybe, a British low-cost airline that offers routes around Europe, has cancelled dozens of flights unexpectedly, affecting passengers around the UK.
The airline posted an apology on its social media accounts, noting that while “95% of Flybe flights are operating as per normal, we do recognise the impact of today’s cancellations”.
Flybe explained that the cancellations are due to a combination of reasons, including “seasonality, pilots’ end of leave year, Easter holidays, base restructuring and the shortage of pilots across the industry”. Flybe says it is doing its best to mitigate the impact of the cancellations and will be issuing further updates through the day. Passengers who have a flight booked with Flybe should check their email, the Flybe website, and airport departures to see if they are affected.
A message from our CEO, Christine Ourmières-Widener about today’s cancellations. pic.twitter.com/3jG4dsQgVB
— Flybe (@flybe) April 3, 2019
Travellers whose flights have been cancelled have been emailed by the airline and they will be able to book onto an alternative flight or apply to get a full refund. However, the cancellations has still impacted the travel plans of many people, some of whom have taken to social media to air their frustrations with the last-minute cancellations. Most of the affected flights are between UK airports, like Belfast, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and more.
While the cancellations will put many travellers in stressful situations, another airline recently made headlines after unexpectedly going out of business and cancelling all of its flights. Icelandic airline WOW Air left travellers stranded around the US and Europe after the company collapsed, leaving other airlines to offer “rescue fares” to help get passengers home.
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