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Flight to Wales makes emergency landing in Paris

A plane en route to Wales has been forced to make an emergency landing in Paris.

The Flybe service, which was flying from Geneva to Cardiff, landed unexpectedly in France shortly before 4pm today.

According to passengers on the plane there were 67 people on board the low-cost airline's flight when it landed at Paris Orly International Airport.

Among them was Luke Broadley, who was returning to the UK from a skiing holiday, and tweeted about the incident.

Mr Broadley wrote:

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On @flybe flight to @cardiff_airport from Geneva just made emergency landing in Paris. Firemen swarming around aircraft

He later tweeted:

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All offloaded and heading to terminal. @flybe crew have been fantastic throughout

Budget airline Flybe axes Belfast to Gatwick flights

Budget airline Flybe has announced that direct flights from George Best Belfast City Airport to London Gatwick have been dropped.

Flybe will drop direct flights from George Best Belfast City Airport to London Gatwick. Credit: Flybe

The company, which recently had to cut around 10% of its workforce, said it has sold all of its Gatwick arrival and departure slots to Easyjet for £20 million.

The decision will particularly affect Northern Ireland commuters and travellers connecting to other destinations. Easyjet, which operates out of Belfast International Airport, is unlikely to retain the City link.

A Flybe statement accused Gatwick's owners of trying to squeeze out smaller air carriers with charges and claimed fees had amounted to a 102% rise over the last five years.

"No business can swallow such a massive increase in such a short period of time and it is with real regret and some anger that we have made this decision.

"Flybe fully appreciates the implications this will have not only on Northern Ireland passengers but also on the wider regional economy which has come to rely on the convenient lifeline connections we provide to Gatwick."

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Flybe boss: Decision to cut 300 jobs 'not taken lightly'

The chief of budget airline Flybe has said the decision to cut 300 UK jobs had not been taken lightly, but that it was necessary to return the company to profitability:

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.

– Jim French, chairman and chief executive of Flybe

UK-based airline Flybe to axe 300 jobs

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.

Flybe plans to cut 10% of its 3,000-strong UK workforce
Flybe plans to cut 10% of its 3,000-strong UK workforce Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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.

Gavin Henson banned for six months by airline

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.

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