Flybe collapse devastating for hospitality sector

05 March 2020

Flybe collapse devastating for hospitality sector

Reacting to the news this morning that Flybe has entered administration, Colin Neill, Chief Executive, Hospitality Ulster commented:

“This is simply devastating news for Northern Ireland. The regional connectivity that Flybe offered was vitally important to tourism and our wider hospitality sector here, without it there will be a huge impact on visitor access. The knock on effect of fewer visitors and tourists means that this sounds alarm for our pubs, restaurants and hotels at a time when Coronavirus is compounding the sector’s problems.”

“Great Britain is our largest tourism market and without that regional connectivity, the hospitality sector is going to take a real hammering. Our only hope in the short term is that other carriers can increase capacity so that visitors can come here and not be put off by Flybe’s collapse.”

“This is a very clear reason why Air Passenger Duty needs to be scrapped immediately and we call on the Chancellor to wake up to this grave situation and cancel APD in his Budget only a week away.”