Belfast Telegraph

Connect Airways in fight to recoup millions

By John Mulligan

Connect Airways, the group that now includes Dublin-based Stobart Air, is attempting to recover tens of millions of pounds from credit card companies that process payments for Flybe, the embattled British airline that Connect acquired in March.

A cash crunch at Flybe in the months before its takeover was exacerbated when credit card companies processing bookings for future flights started retaining significantly more of that cash as security because of Flybe's increasingly precarious position.

That "materially and rapidly weakened" Flybe's unrestricted cash position, said Stobart Group at the time.

Stobart Air operates the Aer Lingus regional service on a franchise basis.

US private equity firm Cyrus Capital Partners owns 40% of Connect Airways, while Stobart Group owns 30%.

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