Flybe Group plc (styled as flybe, pronounced ) is a British low-cost regional airline group based in Exeter. It operates over 180 routes to 65 European airports and is Europe's largest regional airline, carrying over 7 million passengers during 2013. The Flybe Group is a public company and employs around 2,600 people. and was founded by John Habin, a resident of Jersey and the majority investor. After selling Aviation Beauport and other business interests, Habin established some key routes from Jersey to the UK, before selling the airline in November 1983 to Jack Walker's Walker Steel Group, which already owned Blackpool-based charter airline Spacegrand Aviation. The two airlines were then run separately, with partially shared management, until 1985 when they amalgamated under the Jersey European name, with the airline's headquarters moving to Exeter.
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