Flybe collapse is ‘hammer blow’ to Devon economy say council leaders

PUBLISHED: 11:02 05 March 2020 | UPDATED: 11:02 05 March 2020

A Flybe plane parked up. Picture: Jacob King/PA Wire

A Flybe plane parked up. Picture: Jacob King/PA Wire

District and County council leaders have expressed their concerns over the collapse of Flybe.

The Exeter-based airline announced this morning it has ceased trading - having gone into administration - and all flights have been cancelled.

In a joint statement, East Devon District Council (EDDC) and Devon County Council (DCC) said they are concerned over the closure of a major employer and reiterated their support for those residents affected.

EDDC leader Ben Ingham said: "We're extremely saddened by the announcement that Flybe has gone into administration.

"It is a hammer blow for our local economy and devastating for Flybe employees and passengers. Our priority is to ensure that support is available for those affected by job losses, and we will be working with our partners."

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Cllr Rufus Gilbert, Devon County Council's cabinet member for economy and skills, said the authority's priority is to support those affected by job losses.

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