The government must step in to protect Southampton Airport following the collapse of Flybe, which was responsible for operating more than 85 per cent of the airport’s flights, Unite said today (Friday 6 March).

Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, represents nearly 400 staff working in a range of roles across Southampton Airport, as well as around 500 Flybe employees nationwide.

The union is calling on the government to protect Southampton and other regional airports through the subsidisation of key routes, so that those previously operated by Flybe are rapidly filled by other carriers.

Unite regional secretary for the South East, Sarah Carpenter, said: “Flybe’s collapse is truly terrible for the airline’s staff, who now find themselves out of work with no notice and no contingency. Unite will be doing all in our power to support our members, particularly at Southampton Airport. 

“Nor is the damage limited solely to Flybe. With the vast majority of Southampton Airport flights having been operated by Flybe, this will have a huge impact on every company and every worker connected with the airport, as well as the wider regional economy. 

“The government must ensure that Southampton Airport is protected from the fallout from Flybe and that its long-term future is secure.” 


Notes to editors: 

Government must intervene to prevent ‘tsunami’ of regional job losses following Flybe collapse and coronavirus fears

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.