In a message to customers, Flybe’s CEO Dave Pflieger explained that delays in aircraft delivery have forced the airline to postpone plans to boost flights “to existing cities” and new destinations throughout summer 2022.
“The two aircraft leasing companies who were contracted to provide our additional airplanes have now told us that they will be unable to fulfill their commitments until after the summer,” Pflieger said.
“We were able to find and rent aircraft from two separate airlines in Greece and Spain, but those planes are not enough, and the lack of additional aircraft needed for new flying means we need to adjust our future flight schedule,” the letter continued.
The cut will be in effect from July 28, 2022, to October 29, 2022, according to Pflieger.
The British regional carrier resumed operations on April 13, 2022, with its inaugural flight from Birmingham (BHX) to Belfast City Airport, following its demise in March 2020 as a result of the airline’s failed restructuring efforts (BHD).
Flybe also declared that it would shorten the number of flights and schedules on the routes it serves from its hubs in Belfast City and Birmingham.
According to a statement from the airline, it will lower frequencies from Belfast City to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, and Southampton as well as from Birmingham to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The airline also informed its passengers that it will stop running flights from its base in Belfast City to Aberdeen, Inverness, and Newcastle, as well as that it would stop running flights from Birmingham to Aberdeen.