Flybe is to close six of it’s UK airport bases as part of its cost-cutting plan, the airline has announced.

Bases at Aberdeen, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey and Newcastle are due to close as the regional carrier looks to save GBP£85 million and shed 500 jobs.

The lead base at Exeter faces the biggest hit, with 116 proposed redundancies, while Belfast City faces 52 job losses.

Flybe said it would be reducing its workforce by 500, despite returning to profit.

Saad Hammad, who took over as the the airline’s chief executive in August, said: “I know that these proposals are creating great personal uncertainty, but they are necessary to secure a long-term future for Flybe and I am grateful to the various union and staff representatives for the very constructive manner in which we have been able to commence the consultation process.”