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It'd cause big problems with connectivity to British Islands if they did go under, I can see why the government would probably want to prop up those parts of the business at least.
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WillPS wrote:
Mon 13 Jan, 2020 10.51
It'd cause big problems with connectivity to British Islands if they did go under, I can see why the government would probably want to prop up those parts of the business at least.
A lot of the services up here are by Loganair who I've always suspected would just be nationalised and merged into CalMac if they ever went under. Most of their routes are propped up with public service money though, not sure if FlyBe have that to rely on?
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So Virgin Connect may never see the light of day? Even Virgin's Little Red domestic services managed a year or so of operation.
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Pete wrote:
Mon 13 Jan, 2020 13.17
WillPS wrote:
Mon 13 Jan, 2020 10.51
It'd cause big problems with connectivity to British Islands if they did go under, I can see why the government would probably want to prop up those parts of the business at least.
A lot of the services up here are by Loganair who I've always suspected would just be nationalised and merged into CalMac if they ever went under. Most of their routes are propped up with public service money though, not sure if FlyBe have that to rely on?
Loganair seem to be doing alright, having subsumed the profitable bits of bmi regional. They used to be a Flybe franchise partner for some Highland/Island routes, but parted company a couple of years ago. They then competed for a bit on the Orkney/Shetland routes, which was a bit financially bruising for both parties.
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scottishtv wrote:
Mon 13 Jan, 2020 15.06
Even Virgin's Little Red domestic services managed a year or so of operation.
Don’t forget a significant number of people taking those flights (without a connection) were just in it for the free Gold card.

I (personally) think the writing is on the wall for short flights where there is a decent train alternative, with KLM being the first to take serious steps in that direction. I use BA’s domestics very frequently but that is because they are far cheaper than the train for short notice bookings and one way or another I don’t think that will remain the case.
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well luckily the government has given Flyebe a lifeline - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51113895 I think people forget how reliant some areas of the UK are on internal flights - for example at Belfast Airport there would only be 4 flights without Flybe! Southampton Airport would also be adversely affected without Flybe with only 2 flights without Flybe!
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GeekyJames wrote:
Tue 14 Jan, 2020 22.27
well luckily the government has given Flyebe a lifeline - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51113895 I think people forget how reliant some areas of the UK are on internal flights - for example at Belfast Airport there would only be 4 flights without Flybe! Southampton Airport would also be adversely affected without Flybe with only 2 flights without Flybe!
Isn't that, people forget how much some airport operators are reliant on Flybe?

Belfast has plenty of options though, what with them having a proper airport as well (ground transport into the city could be improved though).
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Another department store chain, Beales, has gone into administration.
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BBC Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy and her partner tweeted from an almost empty Flybe flight from Belfast to London City Airport this afternoon.

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