Exeter based airline Flybe ceased trading in the early hours of 5 March.
The airline was responsible for 36% of all UK domestic flights and had a number of routes from Aberdeen being used widely by workers in the gas & oil industry.
Flybe flights in and out of Aberdeen airport accounted for 36% of the airports’ traffic, but according to figures on the BBC, Aberdeen was only the 13 biggest airport for Flybe. How regional airports like Anglesey, Southampton and Belfast will fair over the coming weeks and months remains to be seen.
Flybe Chief Executive Mark Anderson said in a letter to staff
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.
A Government spokesperson said:
Following a commercial decision by the company, Flybe has ceased trading.
We recognise the impact this will have on Flybe’s passengers and staff. Government staff will be on hand at all affected UK airports to help passengers.
The vast majority of Flybe routes are served by different transport options, and we have asked bus and train operators to accept Flybe tickets and other airlines to offer reduced rescue fares to ensure passengers can make their journeys as smoothly as possible.
We know this will be a worrying time for Flybe staff and our Jobcentre Plus Rapid Response Service stands ready to help them find a new job as soon as possible.
We are working closely with industry to minimise any disruption to routes operated by Flybe, including by looking urgently at how routes not already covered by other airlines can be re-established by the industry.
Through the reviews of regional connectivity and Airport Passenger Duty we have announced, we will bring forward recommendations to help ensure that the whole of the UK has the connections in place that people rely on.
Flybe’s financial difficulties were longstanding and well documented and pre-date the outbreak of COVID-19. We are well prepared a potential outbreak and this week we have set out an action plan with details of our response.
Advice to travellers booked with Flybe is DO NOT TRAVEL TO THE AIRPORT, more information and contact details can be found on the Flybe website.
Earlier this morning the CAA tweeted
Flybe has entered administration.
All Flybe flights are cancelled. Please do not go to the airport as your Flybe flight will not be operating.
— UK Civil Aviation Authority (@UK_CAA) March 5, 2020