UK’s Flybe could collapse in days amid coronavirus outbreak-related slump in bookings; Sky News reports

Coronavirus has infected about 10,000 people across the rest of the globe, according to World Health Organization (WHO) figures.
Coronavirus has infected about 10,000 people across the rest of the globe, according to World Health Organization (WHO) figures.

Flybe, Britain’s biggest domestic airline, has warned the government that it could collapse within days after a slump in bookings triggered by the coronavirus.

Sky News has learnt that Flybe has renewed a plea for ministers to provide emergency financial support, even as ongoing talks about a state loan on commercial terms appear to have been rejected.

Sources said on Wednesday that there was a possibility that Flybe could fall into administration within a matter of days, although “last-ditch” discussions involving its shareholders and the government were continuing.

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