Newly-reformed airline Flybe has announced that around 400 jobs could be created when operations resume next year.
Birmingham Airport will be its new company headquarters and first crew base with operations resuming early next year. Some 200 new jobs are expected to be based at the HQ during the next three years with a further 400 roles nationwide.
The airline had previously been based at Exeter Airport in Devon, prior to its collapse in March, 2020. Its assets were sold off to a new company affiliated with investment adviser Cyrus Capital in the April of this year.
On now being based in Birmingham, Flybe chief executive Dave Pflieger said: “It was an ideal choice for us due to its great people and highly skilled workforce, its central UK location, and the fact that Birmingham Airport is a global travel hub where local and connecting customers have access to over 150 worldwide destinations.
“The announcement marks the culmination of over 12 months of dedicated hard work by all involved, and it would not have been possible without the support of the Civil Aviation Authority and UK Government.”
The launch of Flybe is expected to not only enhance essential regional connectivity in the UK and create many valuable airline industry jobs, but also help restart many local economies as they rebound from the pandemic.
Mr Pflieger added: “I also want to emphasise that a key area of focus from day one for Flybe will be environmental sustainability and ensuring we do everything possible to reduce our carbon footprint and GHGs.
“Our entire fleet will be comprised of the De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400, which is a fast turboprop powered aircraft that can complete short journeys almost as quickly as a regional jet, but with lower CO2 emissions.
“As for what’s next, please stay tuned. We plan to provide more information in the coming weeks and months about ticket prices, new routes and destinations. This is an incredibly exciting time for us, and we look forward to sharing more updates in the future.”
The news follows the April 2021 sale of the business and assets of Flybe Ltd (in Administration, now renamed FBE Realisations Ltd) to Thyme Opco Limited (now renamed Flybe Limited).
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