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'No cancellations expected' on Thursday says Flybe, after day of disruption

Dozens of flights were affected by the disruption (Flybe/PA)
Dozens of flights were affected by the disruption (Flybe/PA)

Flybe has said no flight cancellations are expected on Thursday, following a day of disruption that saw hundreds of passengers' flights grounded.

Scores of passengers were affected on Wednesday after Belfast City Airport flights to and from the East Midlands, Glasgow, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford and Aberdeen were cancelled.

The airline apologised and blamed "operational reasons" for the disruption, including pilot shortages and the Easter holidays.

"Whilst 95% of Flybe flights are operating as per normal, we do recognize the impact of today’s cancellations," Flybe said in a statement.

"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."

On Wednesday evening, the airline issued a further apology and said plans had been put in place to prevent future disruption.

"We have now put in place a number of contingency plans to minimise future disruptions and to manage any repeat of the level of cancellations made today. No cancellations are expected tomorrow," they said.

"The future situation remains under review and we will be doing everything possible to avoid any further undue inconvenience to passengers.

"Customers are advised to monitor flybe.com and our social sites for up to date information."

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

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