White Paper Will Herald Major Changes

16th Dec 2003

White Paper will herald major changes in regional aviation,
says FlyBE. FlyBE., the UK?s third largest low fares airline,  warmly welcomes the
publication of today?s Aviation White Paper and looks forward to working
with the government and other partners to turn it into a reality.

The airline is particularly delighted that the government recognises the
economic importance of low cost carriers and the essential role of regional

Jim French, FlyBE.?s Managing Director said: “This is excellent news for the
regions. FlyBE. has been championing regional expansion with Ministers and
we believe regional airports can play a major part in meeting future demand
and help alleviate pressure on the congested South East Airports.”

“Low cost carriers have liberated passengers and given greater choice.
However, rapid passenger growth also brings with it environmental
responsibilities and FlyBE. therefore calls on the government to adopt an
Aviation Environmental Labelling Scheme to encourage consumers to make an
informed choice,” he added.

FlyBE. also welcomes:


¤ Proposed expansion at Birmingham International Airport
¤ Changes to the operating conditions at Belfast City Airport
¤ Continued growth at regional airports
¤ Creation of PSOs for regional links for access into London
¤ No increase in Air Passenger Duty (APD)
¤ A balanced approach to environmental issues impacting on aviation

Already one of Europe?s fastest growing airlines, FlyBE. will offer more
than five million seats network-wide in its 2004 summer programme.  This
includes the introduction of 16 new routes from its regional bases at
Bristol, Belfast City, Birmingham, Exeter and Southampton.



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