Flybe customers mourn sudden collapse of Europe’s biggest regional airline

Customers of now-defunct Flybe have shared their fury over the sudden collapse of one of the UK’s biggest regional airlines.

Stranded passengers took to social media this morning to mourn the collapse of the airline and share the impact the company had on their lives.

Flyers complained they had been robbed of a "vital lifeline" following the collapse and said the firm going into administration was a "tragic" consequence of the coronavirus .

The company was already in trouble before the outbreak, but was denied a £100m loan yesterday in the face of the virus.

Hundreds of Brits chose Flybe as an alternative method to increasingly expensive regional train travel.

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One Flybe customer said: "Very sad to see Flybe stopping flying – they were great when I flew them last spring to Cornwall.

"Really feel for all those who've lost their jobs as the employees area always the ones hit hardest by things like this."

While another said the company had been a "lifeline" as it had enabled them to skip hours of motorway traffic over the years.

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They said: "Not going to lie it was hard waking up to these texts this morning.

"Literally #FlyBe were a lifeline for me to get home over the past 4 years saving me hurt of sitting on the motorway.

"Looks like 6hr drive tomorrow night, thoughts are with the Flybe family at this time."

Other Twitter users speculated whether the FlyBe would be the only household name to disappear as a result of the outbreak.

A user said: "Terrible news about @flybe and I feel sorry for those affected travellers and employees.

"I can’t help but think they won’t be the last household name to disappear as a result of #Coronavirus."

Flybe has gone bust taking down 2,000 jobs with it after a failed £100million rescue plan.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed the airline has ceased trading with immediate affect, just hours after its final plane landed late last night.

All Flybe flights have been cancelled and customers with bookings have been told not to travel to the airport.

Airline bosses had been attempting to secure a £100million bank loan to save the embattled company.

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