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CBI calls on government to 'improve connectivity' to the South West following collapse of Flybe

The Government must act to improve connectivity to the South West in the wake of the collapse of troubled airline Flybe, according to the Confederation of British Industry.

Flybe, who operate huge numbers of flights from the three airports - Bristol, Birmingham and Cardiff - closest to Gloucestershire went into administration on Wednesday night.

Passengers booked on Flybe flights have been told not to go to airports unless they have alternative bookings as their previously booked flights won't exist.

The Exeter-based firm said in a statement that they had "no alternative - having failed to find a feasible solution to allow us to keep trading."

Deborah Fraser, regional director for the CBI in the South West said: "Following Flybe's collapse, our thoughts are with their employees and passengers trying to get home.

"Understandably they will be looking for reassurances today - addressing their concerns must be a priority.

"Bristol is a key hub for Flybe and the is critical to the region's connectivity.

"Government must protect those who've lost their jobs and secure vital regional connectivity.

"Better transport links are essential for South East firms and fundamental to the Government's ambitions of 'levelling up' the UK's economic performance."

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