They were one of the major British domestic airlines from 1980 until the mid-1990's, operating a very large network of scheduled services from many UK airports. However, from the mid-1990's onwards, many of the domestic routes were dropped in favour of focussing on european services from it's STN base and continuing to offer the huge number of feeder services from the UK regions to AMS which KLM Cityhopper now provide today. Finally in 1998, with a controlling interest now held by KLM, Air UK was rebranded into KLM UK and soon afterwards, part of the company became the LCC, Buzz.
I was thinking that if Air UK had not had the controlling interest from KL, whether they could still have been such a dominant airline in the UK? Would they have gone low-cost by now, like a number of other carriers have found they have needed to?
I seem to think that FlyBe are in the position now where Air UK could have been, ie operating a comprehensive domestic network, with a number of european schedules thrown in.
Anyone else have any thoughts on this?
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