AIRLINE Flybe, which operates services in and out of Southampton, reassured customers after a rival operator filed for administration.

This comes after Flybmi suspended flights and filed for administration, blaming uncertainty around Brexit.

British Midland Regional Limited, which operated 17 regional jet aircraft on routes to 25 European cities, said all flights were cancelled from Saturday.

Flybe took to social media to reassure users that they are operating as usual and have no connection to Flybmi.

They replied to tweets from angry customers stating that they are "not associated with Flybmi" and that they "are not affected" by the news from Flybmi.

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A post on Twitter said: "We are very sorry to hear about the situation with the competing British regional airline Flybmi and our thoughts are with their employees during these difficult times.

"Flybe has nothing to do with Flybmi and our flights continue to operate as normal."

A total of 376 employees based in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Belgium are employed by BMI Regional.

The East Midlands-based airline had operated flights from Aberdeen, Bristol, City of Derry, East Midlands, London Stansted and Newcastle in the UK.

Last year, the airline carried 522,000 passengers on 29,000 flights.

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Last month, Flybe announced new summer flights from Southampton Airport.

Their summer schedule, which will operate from March 31 until October 26, will feature 28 different routes, and offer a choice of up to 247 flights a week.

The carrier, which is Europe's largest regional airline, will add a Tuesday flight to its popular Palma de Mallorca service, which means it will operate four flights a week to the Spanish Island.

In addition, it will operate an enhanced schedule to Amsterdam offering customers the choice of four flights a day, Monday through Friday, and three flights a day at weekends.