Flybe’s rivals scrambled to fill the void left by Europe’s biggest regional airline on Thursday, launching replacement services for half of its main routes within hours of the company’s collapse.
Scottish airline Loganair took over 16 of the 45 core winter services previously run by Flybe, while Hull-based Eastern Airways took a further three.
Channel Islands carrier Blue Islands said the 13 daily services it had previously run on Flybe’s behalf would be uninterrupted with industry sources expecting it to take on about eight routes.
Meanwhile Downing Street said ministers were exploring options to maintain loss-making services.
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