What happens to airports like Newquay??? Will anyone fill the gap?
Flying to places with a small population could be the reason they are bankrupt. NQY should be connected by train from LON. better for the environment too.
Newquay is connected by train to London. The journey takes from 5h 20m to 6h 20m depending on the service.
Its the same for many other FlyBe routes. For example:
SOU-MAN - 4h 10m to 4h 20m by train
SOU-NCL - by 5h 20m to 6h 20m by train
SOU-EDI - 6h 50m to 7h 50m by train
SOU-ABZ - 9h 40m to 10h 30m by train
All of those routes are around 1h to 1h 30 by air, making day trips possible.
To and from London the train is a viable alternative to flying, but between many other cities taking the train takes too long.
This morning the Transport Minister was on TV claiming that the Government had done "everything it could" to save FlyBe.
The Government took a delay on collecting APD. And, so far as I am aware, that was it.
The Government talked about reviewing APD, but then delayed that claiming an issue with the EU. The UK left the EU on 01FEB. And, in any case APD is not an EU tax.
In a much earlier thread someone suggested something like reducing APD for air journeys where the rail journey was more than, say, 5 hours. I liked the sound of that.
A version of that would be paying PSOS (did I get that right, and is it Public Service Operating Support?) for all services where the rail journey would be more than 5 hours.
That would be the Government doing 'all it could' to support regional connectivity.
Ever since childhood, when I lived within sight of London Airport, I have seldom seen a plane go by and not wished I was on it.”
With apologies to Paul Theroux - ‘The Great Railway Bazaar’