Struggling Flybe closes 30 more routes

Closures affect routes from and within UK

Flybe has given more details of route closures as part of its plan to turn around profits. Thirty routes will be axed, 16 of which are year-round. They follow the already confirmed closure of London Gatwick routes from March 30 next year.

The latest route closures will take place in January, giving travel agents and passengers little time to rebook at a cheap tariff. Most will occur on January 19, some as early as January 5. However, none of the latest closures appear to affect Scandinavian routes and are centred mainly on the UK.

Closures include routes Belfast, East Midlands, Cardiff and Glasgow to Paris; Bristol to Jersey; Exeter to Newcastle; Glasgow to Shannon; and Cardiff and Southampton to Hanover and Leeds/Bradford.

A list of summer seasonal routes that will not operate has also been published, for example including Exeter-Barcelona; Southampton – Barcelona; Exeter-Nice; and Southampton-Beziers.

The sale of Flybe’s Gatwick slots to easyJet also means the closure of a number of routes from there.

The changes have been instigated by new chief executive Saad Hammad, who joined in August pledging to make savings totalling £85 million (€100 million) in 2013 and 2014.

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[pictured: Flybe Bombardier Q400; courtesy Flybe]