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Teenager launches airline

A british teenager who has been dubbed “the baby Branson” is launching his own airline, Alpha One Airways. Martin Halstead, 19, said his airline will begin flying between Southampton and the Isle of Man on 7 November. Martin has said that he is planning to extend the service to operate between the Isle of Man and Blackpool and Edinburgh sometime in the future and he’s not worried about comments on his age. “Age is just a number. I plan to bring an innovative, 21st Century approach to regional aviation and I also have an older, experienced team to call on” he has claimed.

Alpha One Airways is planning to carry 75,000 passengers in year one, and the website quotes the price of a single fare between Southampton and the Isle of Man at £99 upwards.