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Article from BTNews 18 APRIL 2016

New UK route for flybe

Flybe has confirmed a new year-round service between Leeds Bradford and Newquay airport to operate three times a week from next winter.

The service, which starts on 28 October, is the fourth and final Flybe route to be announced under the government's Regional Air Connectivity Fund.

This was launched last year to encourage new routes to and from UK regional airports to improve connectivity for business and leisure travellers.

Aviation minister Robert Goodwill said: "This new service will make a real difference to the local economies and unlock new business opportunities for Yorkshire and Cornwall."

Meanwhile, the airline hinted this week that “attractive charges” would need to be offered by Heathrow (LHR) to tempt an airline to mount any new commercial operation from the airport.

It again refused to enlarge on press reports that it was hoping to take over slots previously allocated to the Little Red airline so it could operate an LHR-based domestic service.

"Flybe cannot comment on the press speculation … regarding any new slot allocation being considered at London Heathrow," a flybe statement said.

It added: "Such decisions lie wholly within the remit of the slot allocator; however any commercial operation would require attractive charges to be offered by London Heathrow."   www.flybe.com

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