- The Guardian(UK) 20:39January 16, 2020Ryanair demands same 'tax holiday' amid Flybe rescue deal backlashCEO Michael O’Leary says bailout of Flybe’s ‘billionaire owners’ breaches competition and state aid laws otherwiseRyanair has demanded that the government extend any “tax holiday” granted to Flybe to other airlines or be in breach of competition and state aid laws.In the growing industry backlash against the rescue of the regional carrier, the Dublin-based airline said that it had written to the chancellor, Sajid Javid, to request the same treatment as Flybe’s “billionaire owners” – who include Sir Richard Branson and Delta Airlines. Continue reading...
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- Huffington Post UK 20:05January 16, 2020While Labour Work Out Who To Follow, Boris Johnson Defines Himself
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- Huffington Post UK 22:01January 15, 2020What Boris Johnson’s Flybe Rescue Says About This Tory Government
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- The Guardian(UK) 12:37January 15, 2020Trump praises Boris Johnson for suggesting US should draft new Iran deal - live newsRolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs 9.37am GMT As the BBC reports, the government’s decision to offer a rescue package to the regional airline company Flybe has been criticised by the British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh. In a private letter to Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, Walsh said Flybe did not need government support. According to the BBC, Walsh said:Prior to the acquisition of Flybe by the consortium which includes Virgin/Delta, Flybe argued for tax payers to fund its operations by subsidising regional routes.Virgin/Delta now want the taxpayer to pick up the tab for their mismanagement of the airline. This is a blatant misuse of public funds.The government isn’t in the market to bail out private companies. What we do on a case by case basis is look to see whether a business is viable. In the case of Flybe, it is a viable business. There are structural challenges ... The regional connectivity role that it provides for the UK means that there are some routes that are very tricky, and what we have agreed to do as a government is a review of regional connectivity that takes into account, for example, our net zero carbon emissions. And what that will do is it will continue to create a level playing field for all airlines.Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom says the government assesses 'on a case-by-case basis whether the business is viable' and for #Flybe it has agreed to assist to safeguard UK regional connectivity. Latest on @BBCBreakfast pic.twitter.com/x9IdJGOn5y 9.20am GMT Ostensibly Boris Johnson is a close ally of Donald Trump’s, but on matters of substance the Johnson government has shown some willingness to keep its distance from Washington and how the relationship will end up remains to be seen. On Huawei, Johnson is so far refusing to adopt the Washington line. As my colleague Dan Sabbagh reports, the UK is rejecting some of the warnings coming from the Trump administration and the Times today (paywall) says opinion in government is “leaning towards rejecting US demands to ban the company on security grounds”. And on Iran, although the UK did not criticise the decision to assassinate the Iranian general Qassem Suleimani, its support wasn’t unequivocal and full-throated.It is hard to know where the relationship will end up, but yesterday there was an interesting development when Johnson used his BBC interview to urge Trump to come up with a replacement to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Obama-era deal to stop Iran developing a nuclear weapon that Trump has rejected. Johnson said this even though Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, later told MPs that the UK had still not given up on the JCPOA. Trump has welcomed Johnson’s comments. Overnight he tweeted this.Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, @BorisJohnson, stated, “We should replace the Iran deal with the Trump deal.” I agree!This Mr Prime Minister in London, I don’t know how he thinks. He says let’s put aside the nuclear deal and put the Trump plan in action.If you take the wrong step, it will be to your detriment. Pick the right path. The right path is to return to the nuclear deal. Continue reading...
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- Huffington Post UK 21:36January 14, 2020Flybe: Ministers Save Loss-Making Airline With Rescue Deal
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- The Guardian(UK) 21:18January 14, 2020Flybe saved after successful last-ditch talksDetails of government rescue deal with shareholders yet to be releasedThe future of Flybe appeared to have been secured on Tuesday night after ministers said they had reached a deal with shareholders to keep Europe’s largest regional carrier flying.The business secretary, Andrea Leadsom, tweeted: “Delighted that we have reached agreement with Flybe’s shareholders to keep the company operating, ensuring that UK regions remain connected. This will be welcome news for Flybe’s staff, customers and creditors and we will continue the hard work to ensure a sustainable future.” Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 19:06January 14, 2020What it's like to travel on Flybe, the budget airline used by the royals that's fighting to stay in businessimrankhan1504 via Shutterstock and Scott 05 / Flight-Report Budget airline Flybe is on the brink of bankruptcy, outlets such as Sky News are reporting, though the airline said in a statement on Sunday that "we don't comment on rumor or speculation."
It is the largest regional airline in the UK, handling about 40% of domestic traffic.
The airline appears to be a favorite of the royals, too — Kate Middleton, Prince William, and their children flew on Flybe in August.
Users of the airline review website Flight-Report have praised it for being affordable, and also for good service.
However, reviews on TripAdvisor say entertainment and food options are limited. Flybe's bag policy has also been slammed on sites such as Trustpilot and Skytrax.
Here's what it's really like to travel with Flybe.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. British budget airline Flybe is on the verge of collapse, multiple outlets including Sky News are reporting, with the UK government considering reducing air passenger duty (APD) in order to save it.
Flybe employs around 2,000 people, and is Britain's largest regional airline, operating 189 routes across 12 countries in the UK and Europe.
It's known for its stringent bag policy, short flights (it has an average flight time of 55 minutes), and purple lights.
The royals also appear to be fans of the airline — in August 2019, Kate Middleton, her husband Prince William, and their children flew on Flybe from Norwich in England to the Scottish city of Aberdeen for around $89 each.
Despite the reports, Flybe has denied it's in trouble, saying in a statement on Monday: "Flybe continues to focus on providing great service and connectivity for our customers, to ensure that they can continue to travel as planned. We don't comment on rumor or speculation."
Using information from bloggers and websites including Flight-Report, TripAdvisor, Trustpilot, and Skytrax, Insider took a look at what it's really like to fly on the budget airline.Flybe operates numerous routes throughout the UK and Europe.
According to Flybe's website, the airline currently flies to more than 80 airports throughout Europe, with an emphasis on destinations in the United Kingdom.
It also handles almost 40% of domestic UK air traffic.
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Flybe's website says the airline flew about eight million passengers in 2019. It also reports that the airline offers 189 routes across 12 countries, making it the largest regional airline in Europe.
The bulk of its fleet is made up of Bombardier Q400 Dash 8 planes, which seat 78 people.
According to the aviation blog Planespotters, there are currently 71 planes in Flybe's fleet. Most of those (54) are twin-propelled Bombardier Q400 Dash 8s.
Flybe also used to fly Boeing 737-300s, according to Planespotters, but stopped using them in 2006.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:A pilot made history by becoming the first HIV positive person to fly a commercial plane after challenging a discriminatory banPrince Harry and Prince William made a rare joint statement denying that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were 'bullied' out of the royal familyPrince Harry and Meghan Markle are at war with the media — and their split from the Royal family shows they are fighting to win
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- Huffington Post UK 15:12January 14, 2020Saving Flybe By Cutting Airline Tax Would Be ‘Exact Opposite Of Tackling Climate Change’
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- The Guardian(UK) 10:48January 14, 2020Flybe: government considers air passenger duty cut to save airlineSajid Javid examines allowing regional carrier to defer paying £100m tax bill for three yearsEmergency talks will take place on Tuesday between the chancellor, Sajid Javid, and the business and transport departments, amid attempts to ensure the survival of Flybe, Europe’s largest regional carrier.The government is considering whether to cut air passenger duty on all domestic flights, allowing the Exeter-based airline to defer a tax bill of about £100m for three years. The rescue proposal would give Flybe time to implement a turnaround plan, and would also avoid a breach of EU state aid rules. Continue reading...
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