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Flybe blames pilot shortage and Easter holidays for flights disruption

Flybe has a major presence at City airport
Flybe has a major presence at City airport

Flybe has blamed pilot shortages and the Easter holidays in its apology for flight disruption on Tuesday.

Hundreds of passengers were affected as Belfast City Airport flights to and from the East Midlands, Glasgow, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford and Aberdeen were cancelled.

Flybe blamed "operational reasons" advising customers to either rebook or seek a refund.

In a statement, the airline added: "Flybe sincerely apologises to all our customers and partners affected by the current flight cancellations. Whilst 95% of Flybe flights are operating as per normal, we do recognize the impact of today’s cancellations.

"We are doing our best to mitigate the impact of the current situation that has arisen due to a combination of factors including seasonality, pilots’ end of leave year, Easter holidays, base restructuring and the shortage of pilots across the industry that Flybe has highlighted over recent months.

"We have already identified several mitigation actions and will be issuing further updates throughout the day. All those affected have been emailed and advised they can re-book for travel on an alternative flight or apply for a full refund.

"Customers are advised to regularly check our website for more details."

Flybe flies 8.5 million passengers each year to 170 European destinations.

In February the airline was bought by a consortium led by Virgin Atlantic following poor financial results.

Connect Airways, which consists of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital, paid £2.8 million for Flybe's assets and operations.

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