Sir - I oppose the views of John Byrnes on the return of Sir Freddie Laker (Flight International, Letters, 18-24 October, P64).

I was employed by Laker Airways for 11 years and was thrown into the same job maelstrom as everyone else.

It is probably true that Laker made errors of judgement, but a body of so-called experts failed to discern potential pitfalls and clamoured to extend the financial offers which proved to be the airline's downfall. It should not be forgotten that other major operators had the support of the UK Government, which was then preparing British Airways for privatisation, thus ensuring that Laker's demise was terminal.

Maybe those who carp and whinge at his failures should try to emulate his successes.


Doha, Qatar


Source: Flight International