Flybe cuts not affect local flights

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Plans to cut 500 jobs at Flybe will not affect Western Isles flights, it was confirmed this week.

A Flybe spokesperson said all proposals were currently the subject of consultation with staff and the unions but that as flights from Stornoway, Benbecula and Barra were operated and staffed by Loganair, they would be unaffected.

Flybe’s chief executive, Saad Hammad, hopes the reorganisation of the business will save the airline £26 million a year from next year, on top of previous initiatives to save £40 million this year and £45 million in 2014/15.

He is also looking at improving utilisation of aircraft and crew, and reviewing unprofitable routes and bases.

The company said: “This will require tough decisions to be taken over the coming months and, regrettably, this proposal may result in the loss of around 500 jobs spread across the business.”

Consultation with trade union and staff association representatives on the proposals will start shortly.