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Flybe goes into administration putting jobs at risk

By Ian Duncan

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Flybe, which operates flights to and from Inverness Airport, has been placed into administration.

The move, announced in the early hours of the morning, marked the end of the airline's 40 year history.

Alan Hudson, Joanne Robinson, Lucy Winterborne and Simon Edel of EY have been appointed as joint administrators.

All flights, including those in the Highlands, have been grounded and the UK business has ceased trading with immediate effect.

The news comes less than two months after the troubled firm was bailed out by the government.

The impact of the coronavirus scare on travel has been descibed as the final nail in the coffin for the troubled firm.

The airline has expressed regret and concern over the impact its collapse will have on regional communities and chief executive Mark Anderson said every possible attempt had been made to secure the airline’s long-term future.

He said: "The UK has lost one of its greatest regional assets. Flybe has been a key part of the UK aviation industry for four decades, connecting regional communities, people and businesses across the entire nation.

“I thank all our partners and the communities we have been privileged to serve. Above all I would like to thank the Flybe team for their incredible commitment and dedication.”

Anyone with a flight booked with Flybe has been advised not to attend thei airport today unless they have an alternative flight confirmed.

*Related article: Slump in bookings and coronavirus uncertainty leaves Flybe's future in doubt

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