The BA promotion spans flights between London and multiple UK destinations: Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Jersey.
On 14 January, UK business secretary Andrea Leadsom confirmed that an agreement had been reached with Flybe “to keep the company operating, ensuring that UK regions remain connected”.
As part of that agreement, the government could defer millions of pounds owed by Flybe to cover its air passenger duty (APD) tax bill.
Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA parent IAG, has criticised the rescue package as “a blatant misuse of public funds”. He argues that Flybe’s shareholders – which include BA rival Virgin Atlantic, itself part-owned by Delta Air Lines – “now want the taxpayer to pick up the tab for their mismanagement of the airline”.
The government’s support for Flybe also came under fire from environmental groups, which argue that tax cuts on air travel would be contradictory to efforts to reduce emissions.
In its sales promotion, British Airways stresses that it has started offsetting carbon emissions on all domestic flights.