Regional airline Flybe expects fewer job losses than previously announced as its turnaround plan to rid itself of unprofitable routes and surplus aircraft gains momentum.
The Exeter-based group is reducing the number of positions facing the axe by 10% to around 450, with roughly 40-60 compulsory redundancies.
The fall comes after Flybe set out major expansion plans for Birmingham on Friday with seven new routes, including Florence, Cologne and Porto, making the airport its biggest base with 12 aircraft in total.
It will also see Flybe become Birmingham Airport’s largest carrier.
Flybe’s refocus towards the larger sites in its network has seen it close bases in Inverness, Aberdeen, Isle of Man, Newcastle, Jersey and Guernsey, although it will continue to fly to those airports.