Flybe facing headwinds after slow start to year

Flybe's new boss insisted the carrier can become the 'best regional airline in Europe'. Picture: Contributed
Flybe's new boss insisted the carrier can become the 'best regional airline in Europe'. Picture: Contributed
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Regional airline Flybe has blamed “uncertain customer confidence and poor weather” for a slow start to 2017.

The carrier said that both revenue per seat and yield dipped by 1 per cent year‑on‑year, with 38 per cent of seats sold, flat on last year.

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However, new chief executive Christine Ourmieres-Widener said everything she had seen so far “confirms my excitement” at the opportunity that she claimed the group had to become the “best regional airline in Europe”.

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She added: “There is much to be done, but we have the firm foundations needed to develop the business. My first priority is to look to rebuild passenger unit revenue and to challenge all our costs.

“This will be assisted by Flybe becoming an even more customer-focused business as we achieve greater control over our fleet size.”

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