Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, says that any final decision on the Government’s announcement on airport expansion at London Heathrow Airport must incorporate assurances that it becomes a hub for the whole of the UK. Flybe calls on the Government to ensure that some of the new capacity is reserved for operators of regional aircraft at affordable prices.
Flybe has been encouraged by Heathrow’s recently announced plans to support regional flights and wants to see these plans progressed. Without such flights, the UK regions will miss out on much-needed connectivity to the capital and to long-haul destinations via Heathrow.
In the interim Flybe believes the Government should allow scheduled commercial flights to and from RAF Northolt to fast-track the benefits of regional connectivity. The new capacity at Heathrow will take a decade or more to build and Northolt available right now