Budget airline Flybe is on the brink of bankruptcy, outlets such as Sky News are reporting, though the airline said in a statement on Sunday that “we don’t comment on rumor or speculation.”
It is the largest regional airline in the UK, handling about 40% of domestic traffic.
The airline appears to be a favorite of the royals, too — Kate Middleton, Prince William, and their children flew on Flybe in August.
Users of the airline review website Flight-Report have praised it for being affordable, and also for good service.
However, reviews on TripAdvisor say entertainment and food options are limited. Flybe’s bag policy has also been slammed on sites such as Trustpilot and Skytrax.
Here’s what it’s really like to travel with Flybe.
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British budget airline Flybe is on the verge of collapse, multiple outlets including Sky News are reporting, with the UK government considering reducing air passenger duty (APD) in order to save it.
Flybe employs around 2,000 people, and is Britain’s largest regional airline, operating 189 routes across 12 countries in the UK and Europe.
It’s known for its stringent bag policy, short flights (it has an average flight time of 55 minutes), and purple lights.
The royals also appear to be fans of the airline — in August 2019, Kate Middleton, her husband Prince William, and their children flew on Flybe from Norwich in England to the Scottish city of Aberdeen for around $89 each.
Despite the reports, Flybe has denied it’s in trouble, saying in a statement on Monday: “Flybe continues to focus on providing great service and connectivity for our customers, to ensure that they can continue to travel as planned. We don’t comment on rumor or speculation.”
Using information from bloggers and websites including Flight-Report, TripAdvisor, Trustpilot, and Skytrax, Insider took a look at what it’s really like to fly on the budget airline.
Flybe operates numerous routes throughout the UK and Europe.
According to Flybe’s website, the airline currently flies to more than 80 airports throughout Europe, with an emphasis on destinations in the United Kingdom.
It also handles almost 40% of domestic UK air traffic.
Flybe’s website says the airline flew about eight million passengers in 2019. It also reports that the airline offers 189 routes across 12 countries, making it the largest regional airline in Europe.
The bulk of its fleet is made up of Bombardier Q400 Dash 8 planes, which seat 78 people.
According to the aviation blog Planespotters, there are currently 71 planes in Flybe’s fleet. Most of those (54) are twin-propelled Bombardier Q400 Dash 8s.
Flybe also used to fly Boeing 737-300s, according to Planespotters, but stopped using them in 2006.
The airline does not operate private jets, but sometimes Flybe’s passengers include literal royalty.
In August 2019, Kate Middleton, her husband Prince William, and their children flew on Flybe from Norwich in England to the Scottish city of Aberdeen, …read more
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