Flybe CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener has announced she will step down from her role following the sale of the airline to Connect Airways, according to reports.

Ourmieres-Widener will leave on 15 July, with her successor due to be named before she goes.

The news comes after Flybe was sold to Connect Airways, a consortium made up of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital. The deal was nearly challenged by shareholders, but it was eventually approved.

EU regulators are reviewing the sale and are expected to make a decision on whether it can go ahead later this month, according to City AM.

The BBC has reported that a note sent to Flybe staff by Ourmieres-Widener said her tenure as CEO came during “two tumultuous years”. She claimed the scale of the challenges she faced at the company “surprised even me”.

She continued: “However, together we persevered and, despite many curve balls thrown at us late in the day, have been able to secure 2,500 jobs with the sale to Connect and provide our customers with the service they have come to enjoy without any significant disruption.”

Last month, Flybe announced it will stop using Embraer jets at Cardiff, Doncaster, Exeter and Norwich in favour of its smaller Bombardier aircraft in a bid to cut costs. It is also closing its bases at Cardiff and Doncaster but will continue operating flights to the regional airports.

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