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Statement on Flybe entering administration

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Flybe 2020Flybe has offered a great service to the Isle of Man for many years and we are really sorry to hear this announcement. Flybe has successfully operated the Island’s Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham routes for many years.

The Isle of Man Government’s patient transfer contract provides a significant number of flight bookings and the Government is talking with other airlines that are interested in continuing to serve the Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham routes

We are confident that another operator will be keen to take on these popular routes.

All of our scheduled patient transfers were advised this morning of the cancellations of the flights and we would encourage anyone scheduled to travel in the next few days to check the patient transfer website for the latest details or call +44 1624 642673.

Additional information

Patients travelling to or from the UK on or before Monday 9 March

If you need to travel to or from the UK within the next few days, and you were due to travel with Flybe, then if possible we would encourage you to book/re-book your own journey and the Department will reimburse you for your travel costs on production of your receipts. If you take this option you may travel by sea or by air on any available flight or sailing. The Department will reimburse you for all reasonable travel costs and accommodation costs of up to £50 per person per night if you have to stay overnight in the UK in paid accommodation as part of the journey. If you take this option, please send all receipts in to the Patient Transfer Office at the address below, keeping a copy of any receipts you send in the post.

 If you are travelling on or before 9th March and you need help with your booking then please email or call the office on +44 1624 642673. We expect the lines to be very busy and we apologise in advance if you experience a longer than usual wait to get through to a member of staff.

Patients travelling between Tuesday 10 March and Monday 16 March

We will issue an update within the next 24 hours for patients travelling between these dates and we would greatly appreciate if you do not telephone or email the Patient Transport Office just yet in order that we may concentrate on bookings for patients needing to travel within the next few days

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