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Flybe cancels more Belfast flights

Flights to and from Belfast have been cancelled (Flybe/PA)
Flights to and from Belfast have been cancelled (Flybe/PA)

More Flybe flights to and from Belfast City Airport have been cancelled.

Six Belfast flights to and from London, Manchester and Edinburgh on Friday will not go ahead, the airline has confirmed.

The cancellations come after hundreds of passenger's journeys were affected by flight disruption on Wednesday.

Belfast City Airport flights to and from the East Midlands, Glasgow, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford and Aberdeen were cancelled, with Flybe blaming "operational reasons".

The airline said: "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."

In another statement on Wednesday evening, the airline said "contingency plans" had been put in place to ensure no further disruption on Thursday, however one flight from Belfast was cancelled.

When contacted regarding Friday's cancellations, a Flybe spokesperson was unable to confirm if the latest disruption was also due to "operational reasons".

Richard Williams of The Consumer Council advised passengers whose flights have been cancelled to contact Flybe.

"They have to offer you a choice between a refund and an alternative flight, even with a different airline," he said.

"These cancellations by Flybe have caused a huge inconvenience for passengers travelling to and from George Best Belfast City Airport.

"Since Flybe’s cancellations on Wednesday, The Consumer Council has gained confirmation from the Civil Aviation Authority that passengers effected by Flybe’s cancellations are entitled to compensation under EU Regulation 261/2004."

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