BBC News - Amy Stewart

The collapse of regional airline Flybe has been devastating for staff who "felt they had got a new lease of life," an MP has said.

Flybe had only restarted operations last April after a previous collapse in 2020.

On Saturday morning, its administrator confirmed 277 staff were being made redundant, including many at Belfast City Airport.

East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson said it came as a "total surprise and shock".

Flybe operated 10 routes from Belfast City Airport, including services to Heathrow, Manchester, Glasgow and Amsterdam.

When Flybe collapsed in 2020 it was responsible for about 80% of Belfast City Airport's flights.

More recently Flybe made up about 14% of flights at the airport.

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