canucklad – “I do feel sorry for BA and other Inside world carriers in as much as our money grabbing goverment taxmen punish their own citizens who wish to remain loyal to home carriers” – no matter the carrier, if the flight departs from the UK the pax pays the tax, whether it be EK, BA, or SQ granted it is less if flying first into the continent.
In regards to trains, you can get from Manchester to London just as quick if not quicker by train rather than flying, when you take into account check in times. Scotland seems to be quicker for flying so far, but only just.
Now to your first point, A very large minority (just a guess but could it even be a small majority) of BA traffic isnt even british pax, but LHR transit pax from all over the world. ( NYC-CAI)(LAX-ROM), why should they subsidize a regional network just to validate the name British Airways?