Flybe cancels dozens of flights

Regional carrier Flybe has cancelled dozens of flights this morning for what it describes as “operational reasons”.

The airline reports that five flights from Belfast City Airport and four from Birmingham are among those affected, along with departures from Southampton, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Newcastle.

The airline said it would like to “sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused” and that “All customers affected have been emailed and advised they can rebook for travel on an alternative flight or apply for a full refund”.

Flybe have said the issues include a shortage of pilots which is a worldwide problem and pilots opting to use up their annual leave. The company has said it is entering a consultation period with staff groups and unions with possible job losses at its bases in Exeter, Norwich, Doncaster and Cardiff. The airline is currently recruiting pilots.