flybe. (BE, Exeter) has announced it will close its bases at Cardiff and Doncaster/Sheffield, downsize its Exeter network, as well as stop flying regional jets to Norwich with the onset of the Winter 2019/20 season.

The British regional carrier said that it will end Embraer operations at all four airports in late October 2019 as a part of its previously announced strategy to retire E195s and focus on Dash 8-400 operations.

flybe. said that the end of jet operations at Exeter "will not impact the Q400 operated schedule out of Exeter, nor the existing base structure." According to the ch-aviation capacity module, the airline uses the Bombardier Aerospace turboprops on flights from Exeter to Amsterdam Schiphol, Belfast City, Dublin Int'l, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow Int'l, Guernsey, Jersey, London City, Manchester Int'l, Newcastle, GB, and Paris CDG. In turn, the E195s are used predominantly on leisure routes to Spain and Portugal.

The end of flybe.'s operations at Norwich will not affect flights operated by the carrier's franchisee Eastern Airways (T3, Humberside), which flies from the airport to Aberdeen Dyce and Humberside. flybe. itself does not fly Q400s from Norwich.

"flybe, currently has a base at [Cardiff and Doncaster/Sheffield] to service its jet services. Once the jet flights cease flybe. will close these bases, but will continue to offer flights to and from both Cardiff and Doncaster on Q400 with aircraft and crew flying from other bases," the airline added.

The airline currently operates almost all its flights from Cardiff with E175 aircraft. Its only turboprop services are franchised Eastern Airways flights to Anglesey (operated with Jetstream 41) and some weekend flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Jersey.

Doncaster/Sheffield is also an E175 base. flybe. does not currently operate any flights to the airport with Q400s.

flybe. continues to operate six E195s (including one in maintenance at Exeter), eleven E175s, fifty-four Q400s, and five ATR72-600s wet-leased to SAS Scandinavian Airlines. The airline also wet-leases two ATR72-600s from Stobart Air.