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Council leader 'devastated' by Flybe collapse

Almost a thousand people are employed at its Exeter HQ

Exeter City Council Leader Phil Bialyk said he was “devastated” by the news that Flybe have gone into administration. 

The government's asking rail and coach companies to help get stranded passengers home, after the airline collapsed in the early hours of this morning, putting over 2,000 jobs at risk.

Flybe carried 8 million passengers a year from 30 UK airports. Last year it operated almost 80% of regular flights from Exeter Airport.

Cllr Bialyk said: “I’m devastated for all the families who’ve got jobs at Exeter Airport – well over a thousand here in Exeter alone. 2,500 in general across the country. That has an impact. All those families are going to be worrying about what is going to be happening next to their career and their livelihood."

He added the City Council was working closely with its partners to see what could be done for all those involved.

“We will be there and available. We will see what we can do as a city, first and foremost.”

 

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