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Knock to seek alternative airlines following Flybe collapse

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AIRLINE COLLAPSE A Flybe flight landing at Knock airport in 2016. Pic: ©John Lucas (cc-by-sa/2.0) / geograph.ie


Anton McNulty


Ireland West Airport Knock have stated that it will seek alternative airlines to operate services to and from Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh following the collapse of Flybe.
All flights to and from the three major UK airports from Knock were cancelled this morning after the UK airline, Flybe entered administration. All flights have been grounded, with the carrier saying that the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on demand for air travel was partly to blame for its collapse.
“Any passengers booked with Flybe who have not yet started their journey should not travel to the airport unless they have arranged an alternative flight with another airline,” an airport spokesperson stated.
“We regret the loss of Flybe, which has played an important role over the last ten years in providing important access to the west of Ireland with flights to and from Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester and our thoughts are with Flybe staff whose jobs have been affected by today’s news.
“The airport will continue to seek alternative airline carriers to operate these services.”
The spokesperson stated that access to the northwest of England and the midlands region will continue to be provided by Ryanair through its year-round services to Liverpool and East-Midlands Nottingham.
Flybe was Europe’s largest regional carrier, but its future had been uncertain for a number of months. A year ago, the carrier was bought for £2.2 million Sterling by a consortium of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital.
It was on the brink of collapse in January until the UK Government stepped in to agree a rescue deal with the airline’s shareholders to keep it flying. The government package was criticised by rival airlines which said taxpayers’ funds should not be used to save a rival.
In a letter to the airline’s staff, chief executive Mark Anderson said: “Despite every effort, we now have no alternative – having failed to find a feasible solution to allow us to keep trading.
“I am very sorry that we have not been able to secure the funding needed to continue to deliver our turnaround,” he added.