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Unread 13 Jan 20, 06:36 PM  
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My only sympathy lies with the staff. I hope that they kep their jobs.. or find others in the event that Flybe go under.

For last summers 2019 vacation, I booked Newquay to Gatwick in order to stay overnight and then fly to the USA next morning.

I suddenly found that they had deleted Gatwick and inserted Heathrow into their schedule. I was offered free transfers by coach to get me to Gatwick or a refund. I took the refund.

In the end I got the train up and in probability this was quicker door to door than the offered Flybe option.. and a lot cheaper.

I made a decision never to use them again. They should have fulfilled their existing commitments before moving the goalposts o Heathrow.

As for Virgin Atlantic, they are a ruthless business that showed their colours when racking up the costs of the Manchester route following the demise of TC. I have no problem with a business maximising profit and will happily use them again in future if they offer me the best deal, but let us not pretend for one moment that VA are philanthropists. I have no doubt at all that their only interest lies in asset stripping the LHR slots.
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Unread 13 Jan 20, 07:07 PM  
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The ironic thing about the LHR slots is that most were Virgin little red before Flybe took them over. The slots were given to BE at a very favourable price to compete with BA on the ABZ and EDI routes, these are domestic slot pairs so cannot be used for international flights.

The slots originated from BA buying BMI, at the time the monopolies and mergers comitee told BA they had to give a certain number of slots up, if no one was to use the slots then they would be held in trust and given back to BA, little red tried but failed now BE have them, if they fail the slots go back in trust until someone else comes along or they go back to BA.

The Newquay and Guernsey slots are BEs own but again they only got them as they are classed as domestic slots.
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Unread 13 Jan 20, 08:05 PM  
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Hmmmm.

So firstly my sympathy is wholly with the staff and my small flight issue is just an inconvenience, but does anyone know what happens in the following situation?

Flights booked through a third party agent but ticketed by Virgin. First and final flight are actually Flybe metal but still with Virgin flight numbers.

Obviously if Flybe go (and I think it extremely likely they will, unless the Government make an unusual and politically motivated decision to support in some way - very unlikely) the first and last flights will no longer exist.

I wish (like someone else above) Id just booked from London now. But in this situation should I claim from my credit card (my preference) or will VA - as ticket holder - be obliged to arrange new flights from a different airport? Thats if Flybe go under.
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Unread 13 Jan 20, 08:16 PM  
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I had better contact them for my compensation instead of booking flights
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Unread 13 Jan 20, 09:19 PM  
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Sympathy for anybody that has a job at risk and their families but it's an awful airline and no surprise for me to read that they might go bust. Flymaybe would have been a far more suitable name.
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Reading the email sent to the staff by management was exactly the same as what I received when working for Monarch.

I know some great people who work there, it's horrible for all the employees and really feel for then

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I'm sorry but this is one airline (including staff members) that I will not miss.
What a nasty so and so you are! a totally uncalled for comment under current circumstances. I expect the staff won't miss the likes of you either... all 2,000 of them including my family members who you've never met
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What a nasty so and so you are! a totally uncalled for comment under current circumstances. I expect the staff won't miss the likes of you either... all 2,000 of them including my family members who you've never met
Apologies, let me be clearer as maybe I didn't say that right. The attitude and professionalism of the staff who I have encountered over the last 12-18months has been awful. I can't say that about all staff however the staff that I have dealt with (in airports, on the plane and customer service) has firstly been awful and secondly played a big part in this. I flew with Flybe multiple times a month for years however their attitude has been horrific over the last year and if you don't look after your customers they will go elsewhere. If there were even 500-1000 people who flew with them as much as I did and decided to go elsewhere then I think it would have had some bearing on their finances.

Just to be fair too, you can check out my history on the Dibb I am not a nasty person however Flybe (and the staff members I have dealt with) have asked for this - by the time I had decided to go elsewhere they were flying planes with 15-20 people on them when the plane sat ~100 passengers, that is never going to end well.

I'm sorry if I tarred them all with the same brush, possibly unfair of me.
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