Unite, Britain's biggest union, has vowed to scrutinise every inch of Flybe's latest business reorganisation in order to defend jobs.
The company has announced plans to cut around 500 jobs, with a considerable impact on the cabin crew but the announcement also includes cuts to pilots and engineer positions.
Consultation with Unite and other trade unions will start on Thursday 14 November.
Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said: "Cabin crew have already been through major reorganisations at Flybe and they will be angry that once again they are on the frontline of more cuts.
"This is clearly a very difficult time and Unite will be doing everything possible to provide support to the workforce. Over the coming weeks the union will scrutinise every inch of the company's business plans in order to protect as many jobs as possible and to avoid compulsory redundancies.
"The company has been open with the union about its plans and we hope to use this relationship in order to mitigate the impact of this decision."
Unite regional officer Rob Miguel said: "The airline faces some real challenges to its UK business with Flybe pulling out of several UK bases and routes. Our members have borne the brunt of these cuts over the past year. To date, Unite has ensured that no compulsory redundancies have taken place and we expect the company to work with us to achieve that aim going forward. Our priorities are to ensure as many jobs as possible are secure and we will be working hard once again to try to make it a reality."
The airline has announced it will review its routes and bases and reorganise aircraft and crew. The cuts are expected to save the airline £26 million a year from next year, on top of previous initiatives to make savings of £40 million this year and £45 million in 2014/15.
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Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland's largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.