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Exeter-based airline Flybe to cut around 300 jobs

By Sarah_Elliott  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

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Almost 100 staff at Flybe’s headquarters in Exeter are losing their jobs, the airline has revealed.

And about 300 redundancies are being made across the UK as the company battles to return to profit.

Flybe has revealed that 10 per cent of its entire workforce – and 20 per cent of its management – are being made redundant.

The company blamed a “brutal” rise in air passenger duty and a 20 per cent decline in UK passenger numbers over the last six years for the job losses.

Flybe says the move will save it up to £35m a year and will result in a new “slimline” model for the business.

The airline is also reviewing the potential to outsource a variety of support functions.

It recently announced around 60 staff have transferred from Flybe’s call centre at the airport to a company in the city centre.

The airline, based at Exeter Airport, is currently one of the city’s biggest employers. In a statement release to the stock exchange the company said: “Given that the airline is headquartered in Exeter, the numbers of staff impacted there represent the largest of any Flybe location. The proposed redundancies in Exeter, following consultation, are expected to be in the region of 95 jobs.”

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