Flybe: 300 Jobs Cut Amid Outsource Plan
Regional airline Flybe is to cut 10% of its workforce in an attempt to save £35m and return to profit.
The Exeter-based carrier has announced plans to cut 300 jobs from its 3,000-strong UK workforce and is considering outsourcing further support functions, including ground handling and onboard catering.
Support and production roles such as human resources and IT will be affected by the staff cull, while around a fifth of its management team is being cut.
The group, which flies from airports including Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster, Edinburgh and East Midlands, is also putting its network of 13 UK bases under review and will give further details in the summer.
Flybe, which outsourced its call centre last month in a move impacting 55 jobs, slumped into the red by £1.3m in the six months to September 30 against profits of £14.3m a year earlier.
It blamed the loss on high fuel costs and falling numbers of fliers.
Its latest quarterly figures revealed a 1.7% improvement in the number of passengers flown to 1.8 million in the three months to December 31, but passenger revenues fell 1.2% to £136.9m and costs increased by an equivalent of 0.8% per seat.
Andrew Knuckey, chief financial officer of Flybe, said wider economic pressures and the impact of air passenger duty hikes in recent years meant it "had no choice" but to cut jobs to bring costs down.