UK airline Flybe collapses into administration – all flights have been cancelled

UK airline Flybe collapses into administration – all flights have been cancelled

Coronavirus crisis is the final blow for struggling airline Flybe

UK airline Flybe has collapsed – all flights have been cancelled and passengers have been told not to go to airports.

Flybe told customers today its business had ‘ceased trading with immediate effect’.

“If you are due to fly with Flybe, please DO NOT TRAVEL TO THE AIRPORT unless you have arranged an alternative flight with another airline,” the company has told customers.

“Please note that Flybe is unfortunately not able to arrange alternative flights for passengers.

“If you have a booking sold by another airline that includes travel on a Flybe flight, please contact the relevant airline or travel agent to confirm if there is any impact to your travel plans.”

The budget carrier, founded in 1979, was once Europe’s largest independent regional airline.

The Exeter-based company operated nearly 40 per cent of UK domestic flights – more than 200 routes and around eight million people a year used its services.

The company

Chief executive, Mark Anderson, said the company had made ‘every possible attempt’ to avoid collapse but had been ‘unable to overcome significant funding challenges’.

“The UK has lost one of its greatest regional assets,” he said.

“Flybe has been a key part of the UK aviation industry for four decades, connecting regional communities, people and businesses across the entire nation.”


The coronavirus has seen demand for flights plummet in recent weeks, putting added pressure on the company which was already struggling with rising fuel costs and competition from other airlines.

The government announced in January that it was in communication with the company about it finances and had announced a rescue deal.

The whole global airline industry is in crisis because of the coronavirus outbreak, which began in China.

Flight schedules have been cut and planes grounded.


The collapse puts more than 2,000 jobs at risk.

The government has said it will help Flybe’s workers find new jobs and will work with other airlines to minimise disruption and replace services.


Flybe passengers and staff are being offered free travel by all First Rail train operators, which consist of Great Western Railway, South Western Railway, TransPennine Express and Avanti West Coast.

EasyJet has offered rescue fares for passengers and free flights to Flybe staff to get home.

Passenger rights

Flybe customers who bought tickets directly from the company will not be protected by the Atol scheme.

But if you went through a travel agent or another third party you might be covered.

Some people may be able to get their money back if they paid by credit card or with some debit cards.

For all your rights go to the Martin Lewis MoneySavingExpert website,

Customers are also advised to monitor the Civil Aviation Authority website for further information .

You can contact the administrators by email at flybeadministration@uk.ey.com.

Which budget airline has the most generous hand luggage? We compare them here

Which budget airline has the most generous hand luggage? We compare them here

Read our results to find out which airline offers the best carry-on luggage allowance.

It is a minefield – is your hand luggage bag too big, too heavy or the wrong shape?

In our experience, hand luggage bags are rarely checked or weighed but we have been caught out before so get it right before you leave home.

Here is our guide to major European budget airlines hand luggage limits.

Our hand luggage comparison guide

Airline Maximum size Maximum weight
Ryanair* 35x20x20cm 10kg
Flybe 55x35x20 10kg
Vueling Airlines 55x40x20, plus smaller handbag 10kg
Wizz Air 42x32x25 10kg
Jet2 56x45x25 10kg
EasyJet 56x45x25 No weight limit
British Airways 56x45x25 and a laptop bag/handbag 23kg
Norwegian 55x40x23 10kg
Thomas Cook 55x40x20 6kg
TUI 55x40x20 5kg

*If you want a bigger bag you pay £5 each way to guarantee priority boarding to bring it on the plane or put it in case in the hold for free.

In conclusion

The best overall winner for size and weight is Easyjet.

An Easyjet plane on the runway

Easyjet is the winner in this category

But any airline allowing a bigger bag and 10kg limit should be fine – it can be very difficult to hit 5 or 6kg limits on baggage as often the cases themselves weigh 2 or 3kgs.

The most comprehensive chart on airlines is this one from the Civil Aviation Authority.

See our hold luggage comparison guide here.