London-Dundee routes to be subsidised

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EU public subsidies have been established on routes between London’s airports and Dundee airport in Scotland.

A notice in the Official Journal of the European Union confirms that a public service obligation (PSO) has been put in place on routes from Dundee to Gatwick, Heathrow, London City, Luton and Southend.

Airlines have 61 days from 27 January to apply for the PSOs, which run from 1 April this year to March 2018.

Dundee looked set to lose its only link to London in March, when CityJet is due to end its service to London City, until Loganair agreed to operate a new Stansted route with Scottish and city council funding from 30 March.

Dundee city council hired consultancy RDC Aviation and enlisted support from from the UK Department for Transport to present its case for the PSOs to the European Commission.