Passengers have been left furious after at least 24 UK flights were cancelled by Flybe, affecting more than 2,000 passengers.
The airline has cancelled at least five flights from Belfast City Airport and four from Birmingham.
Another has been cancelled at East Midlands and services in and out of Leeds, Bradford and Aberdeen are also being affected.
The airline, who was bought up in December 2018 after running up £20million losses the previous year, is blaming staff shortages, the end of staff’s annual leave year and the busy Easter period for today’s travel chaos.
Passengers have been left furious after dozens of UK flights were cancelled by Flybe
Only routes within the UK are being affected, but the company was unable to confirm how many when asked by MailOnline.
A Flybe spokesman said in a statement: ‘Flybe sincerely apologises to all our customers and partners affected by the current flight cancellations.
‘Whilst 95 per cent of Flybe flights are operating as per normal, we do recognise the impact of today’s cancellations.
‘We are doing our best to mitigate the impact of the current situation that has arisen due to a combination of factors including seasonality, pilots’ end of leave year, Easter holidays, base restructuring and the shortage of pilots across the industry that Flybe has highlighted over recent months.
‘We have already identified several mitigation actions and will be issuing further updates throughout the day.
‘All those affected have been emailed and advised they can re-book for travel on an alternative flight or apply for a full refund.’
Passengers received texts and emails on Tuesday evening informing them their flights would be cancelled today.
The disruption follows the launch of the airline’s summer schedule, but officials have not confirmed if the two are linked.
Flybe was bought by the Connect Airways consortium, which includes Virgin Atlantic, in December 2018 after running up huge losses.
It got into financial difficulty in 2017 after an ‘aggressive expansion’, with one pilot struck off after accusing bosses of ‘ruining a profitable airline’.
The senior pilot wrote in an open letter: ‘Congratulations, in two years at Flybe you and your fellow incompetent cohorts have managed to totally destroy a viable airline which was making profits when you took over.’
A Flybe statement blames staff shortages, the end of the staff annual leave year and the upcoming Easter holidays for today’s cancellations