Birmingham budget airline loses battle for survival

The
administrators of a failed budget airline have made nearly every employee
redundant.

Deloitte
has announced that 260 out of the 300 staff who work for Birmingham-based Duo
will be made redundant.

The
majority of the cuts will hit engineers, ground crew and flight staff at
Birmingham Airport, while 10 employees at the firm’s second base in Edinburgh
will also lose their jobs.

Deloitte
partner Bill Dawson said: "It is regrettable that this step had to be
taken, but funds were not available to operate the airline. A small core of
staff have been retained to ensure that the recovery of funds for creditors is
maximised."

Staff
were informed of the redundancies during a meeting at Duo’s Birmingham head
office.

Duo went into receivership at midnight on Saturday,
cancelling all flights and grounding its fleet of seven aircraft at the two
airports. The move left an estimated 1,000 passengers stranded at more than a
dozen European destinations.

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