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Exeter-based Flybe post upbeat trading results

Flybe says it's on course to return to profit Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Exeter-based airline Flybe says it's on course to return to profit following its third quarter trading results. UK scheduled revenue per seat was up 2.3 per cent, while costs per seat (excluding fuel and restructuring costs) were down 5.2 per cent.

Last year the airline posted losses of £41m and announced 500 job cuts - more than 100 of them in Exeter. In November it announced a new management team. It now says job losses will be down to 450.

New route in the summer

A new air route between Newquay and Birmingham will start next summer.

The airline Flybe plans a direct service which will run 7 days a week from May.

The airport lost its link to London Gatwick earlier this month. Managers welcome the news and hope tourism in the South West will benefit.

The airline Flybe plans a direct service between Newquay and London to run 7 days a week from May.

Flybe chairman to stand down

The man credited with turning the Exeter based airline, Flybe, into a major player in the European aviation market, is stepping down as chairman after more than 20 years with the company.

Jim French joined the airline in 1990 when it was known as Jersey European Airways, later becoming British European.

He later oversaw a major revamp of the business as it was forced to compete amid the rise of low-cost rivals, and was rebranded Flybe in 2002. Mr French was awarded a CBE in 2009.

His role as chairman will be filled with immediate effect by the former Safeway finance director, Simon Laffin.

A reshuffle at the top of the company has already seen the departure of the chief financial officer, Flybe UK's MD, the head of outsourcing and the corporate strategy director.

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Cornwall to Gatwick flights to end

Flights from Cornwall to London Gatwick will end early next year.

Easyjet bought the landing slots from Exeter based Flybe, but now say there isn't enough demand to keep the service open.

It's a major blow for the airport at Newquay, but also for the county's business community who'll have to travel to the capital by train or road.

The nearest airport to London from Newquay will be Southend.

Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.

Flybe statement of flight BE806

Flybe has said it regrets the inconvenience experienced by its passengers following the landing of flight BE806:

Flybe can confirm that the above flight landed normally and without incident at Newquay airport. However, due to a minor technical fault, it was deemed necessary that the 40 passengers disembark the aircraft on the taxiway, which they did without incident before being bussed to the terminal. As is standard industry practice, the airport’s emergency services attended the aircraft.

– Flybe spokeswoman

Flybe flight lands safety at Newquay Airport

A Flybe plane landed safely at Newquay Airport. Credit: ITV News West Country

A plane landed safely at Newquay Airport in Cornwall last night, after the pilot reported a hydraulic fuel leak.

All passengers disembarked safely from the London Gatwick flight, and there are no reports of any injuries.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was mobilised to the scene at around 9:30pm but the incident had already been dealt with by the airport fire service.

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