Flybe training centre 'is being reviewed'

Flybe Training Academy
Image caption The academy has 26 classrooms and an aircraft simulator

The future of Flybe's training academy in Exeter is being reviewed, the airline's boss says.

The £12m facility was opened by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in 2011.

Flybe chief executive Saad Hammad, who announced 500 job cuts on Monday, said the airline had seen "good growth and bad growth" in recent years.

He classed the academy as "absolutely part of the bad growth", adding: "We have it, we're reviewing it."

Union consultations

Mr Hammad has been leading a vigorous shake-up, which has seen several former top executives leave.

He announced the 500 redundancies across the company on Monday at the same time as revealing Flybe had returned to profit. Flybe employs 2,700 staff.

Pre-tax profits were £13.8m for the six months to 30 September, compared with a loss of £1.6m a year earlier.

He declined to say whether he would have shut the academy had the airline not received public grant aid towards it.

Pilot's union Balpa said it was "shocked" by the decision to cut jobs.

The Unite union said the announcement would have a "considerable impact on the cabin crew".

Unite said consultations between it, the company and other trade unions were due to start on 14 November.

The academy, which has 26 classrooms and an aircraft simulator, was part of moves to bring all of its training under one roof

It was built to provide courses for pilots, cabin crew and engineers, as well as for third party customers.

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