Corrie’s Charlie Lawson warns FlyBe collapse could spark ‘huge crisis’ for NI

Coronation Street's Charlie Lawson has expressed his anger at the collapse of FlyBe and revealed that he has lost six flights over the next two months.

The Northern Irish actor, best known as Jim McDonald on the ITV soap, posted a video on Twitter in which he said the news could spark a "huge crisis" for the country.

FlyBe Europe's largest regional airline, collapsed into administration overnight, grounding flights and putting jobs at risk.

Lawson, 60, said he had been inspired to address the issue after hearing BBC Radio 5 Live breakfast presenter Nicky Campbell report the news.

He said: "First of all, condolences to everyone from FlyBe. It is terrible news this morning.

"I was listening to 5 Live earlier on and you would be forgiven for thinking that, as much as I admire you Nicky, that England was the only place that was going to be affected by this FlyBe disaster.

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Flybe plane on sandy airstrip Isle of Barra airport, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. (Photo By: Geography Photos/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
A flybe passenger plane lands at Gatwick Airport in West Sussex as BAA are forced to sell the site and break their monopoly on airport sites across the UK.
George Best's son Calum launches ''The George Best'' a specially branded Flybe Q400 aircraft, which will service Belfast City and Manchester Airports.
The pilot completes final checks before taking the first flight out of Glasgow Airport, a Flybe plane to Stornoway at 7:15am this morning. It was one of only a handful of domestic flights scheduled from Scotland this morning despite the re-opening of airspace.
the first Embraer 195 for FlyBe msn029 in the Embraer production-line factory. (Photo by: aviation-images.com/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Flybe marks 30 years of operations in Northern Ireland by flying in dignitaries from five key destinations for a special visit, arriving at George Best Belfast city airport. Rolling out the red carpet are (left to right) Andrea Hayes, regional manager Flybe, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor John Lines, the Lord Mayor Elect of Manchester, Councillor Naeem Ul Hassan, the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Rachel Lyons, the Provost of Inverness, Councillor Alexander Graham, the Mayor of Southampton Councillor Ivan White and Belfast Lord Mayor, Alderman Gavin Robinson.
A general view of Flybe flight BE130 from Glasgow to Belfast which was forced to make an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport after an engine fire.
A Flybe aircraft at Liverpool John Lennon Airport
A Dornier 328 painted in the purple colours of Loganair, a Flybe franchise partner at Kirkwall airport.
Flybe BE331 on the tarmac after it landed with no nose gear at Belfast International Airport.
A Flybe plane prepares to take off in rainy conditions at Leeds Bradford Airport as heavy rain and gusts of up to 50mph are forecast following weeks of hot, dry weather.
Departures screen at George Best Belfast City Airport after Flybe flights at the airport were cancelled. Flybe has blamed a shortage of pilots as one of the reasons after it cancelled dozens of flights from airports around the UK on Wednesday.
A Flybe flight departs from Manchester Airport, as airline bosses have held crunch talks with the Government to see whether they could provide or facilitate emergency financing after reports that it was at risk of collapse.
File photo dated 13/01/2020 of a Flybe flight departing from Manchester Airport as the airline has confirmed it has agreed a financial arrangement to defer tax payments of "less than �10 million" with HM Revenue and Customs.
File photo dated 25/2/2020 of a De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 owned and operated by Flybe landing at Heathrow Airport. Flybe is facing fresh doubts over its future after failing to secure a �100 million loan.
BRAZIL - 2019/08/03: In this photo illustration the Flybe Group logo is seen displayed on a smartphone. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
EXETER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: A Flybe airline flag is pictured at Exeter Airport near Exeter on October 18, 2018 in Devon, England. The value of shares in the Exeter-based airline Flybe, have fallen dramatically recently after the company issued another profit warning, blaming poor demand, a weaker pound and higher fuel costs.(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
EXETER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: A Flybe airline sign is pictured at Exeter Airport near Exeter on October 18, 2018 in Devon, England. The value of shares in the Exeter-based airline Flybe, have fallen dramatically recently after the company issued another profit warning, blaming poor demand, a weaker pound and higher fuel costs.(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
EXETER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: A Flybe airline sign is pictured at Exeter Airport near Exeter on October 18, 2018 in Devon, England. The value of shares in the Exeter-based airline Flybe, have fallen dramatically recently after the company issued another profit warning, blaming poor demand, a weaker pound and higher fuel costs.(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
EXETER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: People pass a Flybe airline check-in sign at Exeter Airport on October 18, 2018 in Exeter, England. The value of shares in the Exeter-based airline Flybe, have fallen dramatically recently after the company issued another profit warning, blaming poor demand, a weaker pound and higher fuel costs.(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 13: Aled Jones (C) poses for photographs with flight crew after launching his new Christmas album "One Voice At Christmas" where he performed Walking In The Air and Christmas carols for passengers at 18,000ft on a FLYBE service between London and Cardiff on October 13, 2016 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 13: Aled Jones (C) poses for photographs with flight crew after launching his new Christmas album "One Voice At Christmas" where he performed Walking In The Air and Christmas carols for passengers at 18,000ft on a FLYBE service between London and Cardiff on October 13, 2016 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
INFLIGHT, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 13: Aled Jones launches his new Christmas album "One Voice At Christmas" performing Walking In The Air and Christmas carols for passengers at 18,000ft on a FLYBE service between London and Cardiff on October 13, 2016 in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
men reading newspapers sitting in the economy-class cabin seats of a FlyBe Bombardier DHC-8 Q400 on flight number BE1001 LGW-DUS. (Photo by: aviation-images.com/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
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"I would have to say, you can get the bus and you can get the train, or whatever. However, if you are in Northern Ireland this is an extremely bitter blow."

He added: "As I say, 5 Live, buck your ideas up please because I think you should be doing a special piece on the people of Northern Ireland who are really going to suffer through this. OK? Come on Nicky."

Campbell replied to his tweet:

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