British Airline Strands Passengers In Abrupt Bankruptcy

ABC News reports:

Struggling U.K. regional airline Flybe collapsed for the second time in three years Saturday, putting jobs on the line and leaving passengers stranded.

The airline initially slumped into bankruptcy in March 2020, shedding 2,400 jobs, as coronavirus restrictions decimated the travel industry. It relaunched in April last year, flying many of the same routes out of Belfast, Birmingham and London Heathrow.

In a statement, the grounded flyer said it had called in bankruptcy accountants again, and warned passengers not to travel to airports as all flights were now canceled, including its international routes from Switzerland and the Netherlands.

The New York Times reports:

By international standards, Britain has comparably low use of commercial domestic flights. In April, Britain’s government is set to introduce long-awaited cuts to the taxes imposed on domestic flight carriers in a bid to improve national connectivity. The move, which has been welcomed by the industry, is part of the government’s “leveling up” agenda — a policy that seeks to even out disparities between England’s economically disadvantaged North and its more prosperous South.

But the announcement of the tax cut back in 2021, just days before the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, was criticized at the time by environmental groups. Some are now calling for Britain to enact a nationwide short-haul flight ban similar to one that France imposed last year. In April, France became the first country to ban flights between cities that are linked by a train trip of less than 2.5 hours.