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Exeter-based airline Flybe plans to cut around 300 jobs

By WMN_SHarrison  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

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Around 300 jobs are to be axed at regional airline Flybe as it battles to slash costs by £35 million to stem losses.

The Exeter-based carrier announced plans to cut around 10 per cent of its 3,000-strong UK workforce and is considering outsourcing further support functions, including ground handling and onboard catering.

Support and production roles such as human resources and IT will be affected by the jobs cull, while around a fifth of its management team is being cut.

The group, which flies from airports including Exeter, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster, Edinburgh and East Midlands, is also putting its network of 13 UK bases under review and will give further details in the summer.

Flybe, which outsourced its call centre last month in a move impacting 55 jobs, slumped into the red by £1.3 million in the six months to September 30 against profits of £14.3 million a year earlier.

It blamed the loss on high fuel costs and falling numbers of fliers.

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