Christine Ourmières-Widener is to step down from her role as chief executive of regional carrier Flybe.

She will leave the business on July 15, after its sale to Connect Airways is completed.

Flybe thanked Ourmières-Widener for her service. Director Jonathan Peachey said: “On behalf of the entire Flybe Board, I want to extend my gratitude to Christine Ourmières-Widener for her commitment and significant contributions to Flybe.

“This includes her tireless efforts to safeguard the future for the customers and communities who rely on Flybe, as well as the company’s employees, its pension fund members and its creditors. We all wish Christine the very best for the future.”

Ourmières-Widener said: “It has been a privilege to lead Flybe over the past two years and to work with such an outstanding and dedicated team of professionals.

“Together, we have been able to secure the jobs of our loyal Flybe employees with the sale to Connect Airways and provide our customers and the UK with the vital transport and travel infrastructure they rely on, while preparing Flybe for a bright future under its new ownership.”

Flybe said it expects to announce Ourmières-Widener’s successor before her departure.