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Flybe to close or shrink four UK bases as it cuts back on jet aircraft operations

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Flybe has announced that it will close its bases at Cardiff and Doncaster Sheffield at the end of the Summer season in late October.

Flights using jet aircraft from Exeter and Norwich will also cease with only turboprop routes remaining.  Services from Norwich operated by Eastern Airways under its Flybe franchise are not impacted.

Some turboprop services at Cardiff and Doncaster Sheffield will continue but only where they can be served from a remaining base.

Flybe to close four UK bases

These four airports are seen as underperforming and not part of the plan by the new owners, Connect Airways, to primarily feed passengers to major hub airports.

Our article covering the full details of the Flybe takeover by the Virgin-led consortium is here.

You can learn about the closure of the Flybe Avios programme here.

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  1. OT- I’m shocked a BA agent just called me after I filed a complaint on their website about my CW seat being broken last Saturday: she offered 80,000 Avios or a 400 e-voucher. The Avios posted 10 minutes later. Is this standard compensation? I’m a Blue member

    • Shoestring says:

      Blue status doesn’t really matter (though I guess Gold, GGLs etc get better service in these matters!) – you get more compo for Business/ First than for Economy, which makes sense given the relative cost of tickets. 80K sounds very fair verging on generous, how broken was broken?

      • The motor did not work, so the crew had to recline the seat manually. I slept 8h of the 11h flight anyway

        • Shoestring says:

          pretty good result, then 🙂

        • Wow, great result! Way more generous than I’ve had from them even when I was Gold. Also had more compo from Swiss for a damaged piece of checked luggage than I did from BA, despite the Swiss flight being short haul economy and the BA one F from Oz!

    • That’s bizarre – and worryingly low Avios valuation. Do they know something we don’t?!

      • Yes especially as the hit on their margin of the £400 voucher is even less than that…

      • Mr Dee says:

        Probably to do with the amount they charge for hotels/experiences/car hire so the person isn’t going to be missing out

      • Lawro says:

        Had a scaled up version of that amount but with the same cash v Avios ratio at the end of last year. While delighted with the compensation it certainly had me worrying about a devaluation.

    • Wow, impressive. And I thought I did well this week getting 3000 IHG points and two drinks because room wasn’t ready at check-in 🙂

  2. James says:

    OT sorry

    I already have a Amex plat card & now I’ve just received a supplementary card on my wife’s account.

    Can I add this new supplementary card into my main Amex login, or will I have to set up a new one under a new email address just for the supplemetary card?


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