flybe Blames Pilot Shortage for Flight Cancellations

British regional airline flybe has canceled dozens of flights today, blaming the disruption on too many of its pilots being on annual leave.

The airline said in a statement:

“flybe sincerely apologizes to all our customers and partners affected by the current flight cancellations. Whilst 95% of Flybe flights are operating as per normal, we do recognize the impact of today’s cancellations.

“We are doing our best to mitigate the impact of the current situation that has arisen due to a combination of factors including seasonality, pilots’ end of leave year, Easter holidays, base restructuring and the shortage of pilots across the industry that Flybe has highlighted over recent months.

“We have already identified several mitigation actions and will be issuing further updates throughout the day.”

Birmingham, Newcastle, Southampton, Belfast City, Aberdeen and Edinburgh were among the airports where flights were canceled. Most of the affected flights were to UK destinations.

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