April 3, 2019 / 1:35 PM / 8 months ago

Flybe to end jet flights from four airports in Britain

FILE PHOTO: An airport worker examines a flybe aircraft before it takes off from Liverpool John Lennon Airport in Liverpool northern England, May 19 , 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo

(Reuters) - British regional airline Flybe said on Wednesday it would not fly jet aircraft out of four airports in Britain as part of a previously announced move to reduce its aircraft fleet and return all of its Embraer 195 planes to its lessors.

The airline will end flights of its jet aircraft from Cardiff, Doncaster, Exeter and Norwich, starting the winter of 2019, the company said, adding it will continue operating its 78-seat Bombardier Q-400 turboprop plane.

Earlier in the day, Flybe separately canceled about 5 percent, or 30 individual flights, blaming it on a host of issues, including pilots’ leaves and Easter holidays.

(This story has been refilled to correct headline and story to clarify Flybe halting only Embraer jet flights from four UK airports, not all flights)

Reporting by Justin George Varghese in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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