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But the UK does not have a single “flag carrying” airline.

We’ve got Virgin Atlantic, then the UK positively encouraged the expansion of O’BlarneyAir as well as EZY who have prospered and thrived across Europe off the back of their initial UK bases… As for regional carriers, there is still BMI Regional and also FlyBe. Whilst I share your sense of loss at the likes of BCal and recognise that LHR is fortress London Airways, we’ve no way got a completely monopolistic market – particularly with the advent of the LoCos and the state-owned/supported Gulfies.

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