HEATHROW could be reopened to islanders, if it is given the green light for expansion.
Flybe has said it is reviewing 12 new routes to the London hub, including services to Guernsey and Jersey. However, that relies on Heathrow being allowed to build a third runway, which would allow for 25,000 new flights by 2021.
Flybe CEO Saad Hammad is keen for the airport to become more affordable for regional airline operators and said it should be a national asset, rather than just benefitting people in the south-east of England and global connecting passengers.
‘Flybe is heartened by the proposed plan announced last week by Heathrow,’ he said.
‘It paves the way for us, as champions of regional connectivity, to jump quickly into action. I am confident we are now in a good position to explore the viability and commercial feasibility of introducing a number of critical new routes for domestic connectivity as soon as the new slots were to become available at Heathrow, to and from where many of our codeshare partners offer seamless onward long haul connections for regional passengers.’