Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has confirmed that, with effect from today, it will no longer carry any peanuts or nut-based products on board its own-operated flights in a move to further improve the passenger experience for severe allergy sufferers.
The airline operates 143,000+ flights year carrying 9.5 million passengers. Although the jury remains out whilst awaiting more definitive medical research on the extent of the issue, Flybe has, in the interests of passenger safety, nevertheless decided to err on the side of caution.
Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, explains: “Passenger safety is our number one priority, and this extends across all aspects of our own operation. That is why we take the issue of nut allergies extremely seriously and, as an additional measure to those already being taken, have now removed all peanuts and nut-based products from our on board Café Flybe menu.
“We will also, of course, continue to take the existing preventative measures we have had in place for many years to further reassure those passengers who advise us they are at risk. Nevertheless, despite all the measures we might take it should be stressed that no public environment can ever be guaranteed to be one hundred per cent ‘nut-free’.”
These precautionary announcements will continue however any passenger with a food-related allergy of any type is advised to always check product labels and packaging for specific ingredient information.
Flybe hopes that, together with its existing precautionary announcements, the additional measure it has taken by being one of the first to remove nut-based snack products from all its own-operated flights will lessen the stress experienced by those worrying about a potential nut-related anaphylaxis reaction when needing to travel by public transport.