Exeter airline Flybe have revealed they will be axing up to 500 jobs across the organisation, that currently employs over 2500 staff. Although the company is in profit, the job cuts aren’t unexpected with it being a tough time for all airlines at present.
Flybe only offers flights on smaller aeroplanes and doesn’t always fill up the seats, which ultimately means making a profit is always going to be more tricky. The Exeter organisation focuses on internal flights rather than international. The overheads are more expensive for domestic flights; airlines are forced to pay Air Passenger duty twice as they are taking off from 2 UK airports. Flybe needs to up their game if they want to stay in business, and their first priority is to fill up more seats on their flights. The company has nearly 100 aircraft to its name and the number of passengers flying with the company has also risen this year, but more needs to be done to see higher success rates across the board.
It isn’t yet clear what departments will face the job cuts across the company, but it is vital they occur for Exeter's Flybe to continue trading. This isn’t the first time Flybe employees have faced redundancies. Back in 2012 the company announced over 400 job cuts. It has been a challenging couple of years for the business allround.