– Jim French, chairman and chief executive of Flybe
I am extremely disappointed that many valued and hard-working colleagues may have to leave the organisation.
It's a decision the board and I have not taken lightly; it's one we have tried to avoid and it is the first time in almost 30 years of business that we have had to take such action.
Around 300 jobs are to be axed at regional airline Flybe as it battles to slash costs by £35 million to stem losses.
The Exeter-based carrier announced plans to cut around 10% of 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 jobs cull, while around a fifth of its management team is being cut.
The group is also putting its network of 13 UK bases under review and will give further details in the summer.
Shortly after the announcement that Gavin Henson had been sacked by Cardiff, Flybe issued a statement saying that they had informed the player that he has been banned from using the airline for six months.
A company spokesperson said:
The safety of our passengers and staff is Flybe's number one priority and as such the airline has a zero tolerance attitude to unruly behaviour on board our aircraft.
We are grateful for Mr Henson's apology following Saturday's flight from Glasgow to Cardiff.
However, in line with company policy, we have written to him, informing him that he will be banned from Flybe services for a period of six months.