The U.K. airline Flybe abruptly ceased operations Thursday as the sector grapples with the impacts of the coronavirus.

“All Flybe flights are cancelled. Be sure to do not go to the airport as your Flybe flight will not be functioning,” the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority claimed in a assertion.

The business is the biggest domestic airline in the U.K. with a community that provided extra than 50 % domestic flights outside the house of London.

Airlines which include Megabus and British Airways have provided unique fares to travellers stranded at airports.

In February of 2019, Flybe was acquired by a consortium of buyers built up of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group, and Cyrus Money. The group promised to spend in the airline to stabilize its finances.

The U.K. Departments for Transport, the Treasury, and the Office for Enterprise, Strength, and Industrial System had been in discussions with the business above the difficulties it confronted. Flybe also struggled as the British pound weakened amid Brexit uncertainty. The U.K. government had agreed to a rescue deal with Flybe in January indicating it was essential to preserve connections for its consumers.

“We are also urgently working with sector to detect how important routes can be re-recognized by other airlines as soon as possible,” U.K. Transport Minister Grant Shapps claimed.

Airlines have been imposing employing freezes and inquiring staff members to just take unpaid go away as demand from customers has been hurt by virus fears. January noticed the slowest every month year-above-year development due to the fact April 2010, in accordance to the International Air Transport Affiliation.

Airline Thomas Cook declared personal bankruptcy in September.

“This is a sad day for U.K. aviation and we know that Flybe’s final decision to stop trading will be pretty distressing for all of its staff members and consumers,” U.K. Civil Aviation Authority main govt officer Richard Moriarty claimed.

British Airways, easyJet, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air, and United Airlines are amongst the airlines warning on the affect of the coronavirus.

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