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FLYBE COMMENT Re Government Announcement on Airport Expansion

Flybe’s CEO Saad Hammad comments on the Government’s announcement on Airport Expansion

11th December 2015

“Despite acknowledging the need for increased airport capacity in the South East, the Government has once again delayed making a real decision. Flybe therefore reiterates its call on the Government to review its refusal to open up RAF Northolt to a limited number of domestic commercial flights which would deliver enhanced regional connectivity to London and Heathrow Airport as well as additional money for both the RAF & HM Treasury and a reduction in noise levels for local residents.

“Given that any new runway will not be built for at least another 10 years, it is surely now time that the hugely underused national asset at Northolt is opened up to 300,000 passengers rather than being just for a privileged few in executive jets.”

Notes to Editors

  • RAF Northolt is currently used by private executive jets, VIP’s and RAF transport. Two-thirds of aircraft movements at Northolt are private commercial and less than 30% by RAF aircraft.
  • Flybe submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Defence for opening-up RAF Northolt to new domestic routes and on 30 November 2015 Flybe issued a call on the Government to review the Ministry of Defence’s refusal to give consideration to opening up RAF Northolt. The full release is available here:
  • Flybe’s quiet turbo-prop aircraft are quieter than many of the private jets that currently use RAF Northolt.


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