But if they then withdraw from the regional airports that need them the most then what is the point of them?
We all know you're referring to CWL specifically, which at the moment is actually retaining some of it's domestic routes, which ones isn't clear yet.
So yes, I agree, there is plenty of need for Flybe, but that's to do what it was meant to, connect regions, not European cities and holiday destinations 2 hours away. They can't compete on those routes against EZY and FR with the aircraft they have. The Embraers clearly haven't worked and the Q400 is now the core aircraft, but without the range. Flying 88 people from the regions can no way compete with 156+ seats in terms of seat cost. To keep prices down you need better economies of scale. People will travel further, away from regional airports, to get cheaper flights with low cost carriers