Flybe flight cancellation disrupts journey for thousands of passengers

Travel and Tour World | April 03, 2019

Flybe, a British airline based in Exeter, England cancelled their numerous flights for operational reasons, affected thousands of passengers. Flybe took the decision on Tuesday evening, and told affected passengers by text and emails.Belfast City has had at least 10 cancellations, with Birmingham and Southampton also badly affected.All of them are “core” airports for Flybe. Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff are also affected.But the airline’s Heathrow services – including the eight flights a day to and from Newquay that were launched at the weekend – appear unaffected. Flybe branded flights that are actually operated by Stobart Air and Eastern Airways should not be grounded.

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Head off the beaten track to one of these hidden gems. Welcome to MojoTravels, and today, we’re counting down our Top 5 Under Tourism Destinations. For this list, we’re looking at destinations marketing themselves and gaining prominence under the new classification of ‘undertourism’, according to National Geographic. Each of our entries are prime holiday spots, which have historically struggled to compete with more popular, nearby alternative cities or resorts.

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