Free train travel for those affected by Flybe collapse

PUBLISHED: 10:08 05 March 2020 | UPDATED: 11:01 05 March 2020

A Flybe plane parked up. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A Flybe plane parked up. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Customers left stranded after the collapse of Devon-based airline Flybe have been offered a reprieve by railway bosses

The airline announced in the early hours of Thursday (March 5) it had ceased trading with immediate effect and that administrators had been appointed.

All Flybe flights and those operated by sister airline Stobart Air have been cancelled.

First Rail, the company which owns First Great Western Railway and South Western Railway, has confirmed it will be offering free travel today (Thursday, March 5) for those intending to travel via Flybe.

A spokesman for the company said: "We are sorry to hear about the collapse of Flybe.

"We'd like to help those affected by offering them free travel on our services today by producing reasonable evidence of their Flybe booking to our staff.

"Flybe staff are also welcome to travel with is today if they need to, by showing their ID."

First Rail managing director Steve Montgomery said: "Our rail services connect people and communities up and down the country and as a gesture of goodwill we want to ensure that anyone who was due to travel on Flybe's grounded flights today can still complete their journey."

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