Flybe planes 'seized' at Glasgow Airport amid uncertainty over airline's future

Fears have been raised over Flybe’s future

Flybe planes have reportedly been seized at Glasgow Airport as the airline faces fresh doubts over its future.

Two Flybe planes have been seized at the airport as a precaution and a further two Scotland-bound flights diverted to Manchester.

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The seizure of the two aircraft was confirmed by a source at Glasgow Airport, The Herald reports.

Two Flybe planes have reportedly been seized at Glasgow Airport.

There have also been reports of two Scotland-bound flights being diverted to Manchester.

The reports come amid uncertainty over the airline’s future, with up to 2,000 jobs across the UK put at risk.

Flybe was saved from collapse earlier this year but has been unable to secure a £100 million from the Government.

People briefed on the regional carrier's situation told the Financial Times that the company only has enough resources to survive "until the end of this month".

Flybe has been hit by a slump in bookings since the outbreak of the coronavirus.

As part of the January rescue deal, it agreed an arrangement to defer tax payments of "less than £10 million" with HM Revenue and Customs.

Ministers also agreed to hold a review into Air Passenger Duty (APD).

The structure of APD - which adds £26 to the price of most return domestic flights such as those operated by Flybe - could be altered in next week's Budget.

Flybe serves around 170 destinations and has a major presence at UK airports such as Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast City, Manchester and Southampton. It flies the most UK domestic routes between airports outside London.

A series of issues have affected the airline's finances, including rising fuel costs, falling demand, competition from road, rail and other airlines, plus a weakening of the pound.


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