Flybe 'reviews' Cardiff Airport

Airline Flybe has announced plans for a UK business restructure - including a review of its base at Cardiff Airport - but stresses its network and routes 'remain unchanged'.

Cardiff Airport: 'Flybe flights won't be affected'

Cardiff Airport says flights to and from the base 'will not be affected' after airline Flybe announced plans to restructure its UK business operations.

Our understanding of today’s announcement from Flybe is there will be no change to the current route network, so destinations and frequency of flights to and from Cardiff will not be affected.

We appreciate how challenging the economic environment is and are in constant dialogue with all existing and potential airlines about flight services to and from Wales.

– Cardiff Airport statement

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Flybe 'a test for Carwyn Jones'

The Welsh Liberal Democrats say the news that Flybe is ‘reviewing operations’ at Cardiff Airport is the first test for Carwyn Jones following his decision to buy the airport. They say the First Minister must convince the airline there's a sound and sustainable future for its routes from Cardiff.

Flybe operate some of Cardiff’s key business routes to places like Paris, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which are strategically important to the economy in South Wales. If Flybe go the same way as Ryanair and BMI Baby in dropping out of Cardiff it will be another major setback for our airport. My thoughts are with Flybe’s excellent and dedicated staff at this uncertain time.

– Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson Eluned Parrott AM

300 jobs across the UK are at risk from Flybe's review of regional bases. It's one of the few airlines to offer scheduled services from Cardiff, where passenger numbers have fallen. Both the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives have questioned the Welsh Government's plan to buy the airport.

This announcement really piles the pressure on Labour Ministers to spell out their plans to revitalise Cardiff Airport and dramatically turn around its fortunes. Over the coming months Flybe will undoubtedly be examining the merits of each of its regional bases, so Welsh Labour Ministers need to urgently remove the question marks hanging over the airport’s future ownership and management.

Cardiff Airport has the potential to be a major regional hub in the UK, but neglect and a lack of political leadership from the Welsh Government have seen freight and passenger numbers decline. We urgently need a bold and ambitious vision and a clear statement of intent from the First Minister if we are to restore confidence in Wales’ international airport.”

– Shadow Minister for Transport Byron Davies AM

Cardiff Airport 'under review' in Flybe restructure

The Flybe group operates from airports including Cardiff and Bristol Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Airline Flybe has announced plans for a UK business restructure - including a review of its base at Cardiff Airport.

In a statement, the Exeter-based carrier said it is putting its network of 13 UK bases under review and will give further details in the summer.

But it stressed there would be 'no change to its current route network', and that consumers 'will still enjoy the same choice of routes and airports'.

The group says it plans to cut around 10% of its UK workforce, with the potential loss of around 300 UK jobs.

Support and production roles such as human resources and IT could be affected, while around a fifth of its management team would be cut under the proposals.

The company is also considering outsourcing further support functions, including ground handling and onboard catering.

Flybe said it has had to make some 'difficult decisions' in order to save money.

The announcement comes a month after the Welsh Government announced plans to buy Cardiff Airport,