An embryonic UK low-fare airline has had to revise plans to launch services from Birmingham after rival MyTravelLite's decision to adopt the UK Midlands airport for its hub. Neil Hansford, chairman of UK aviation consultancy Strategic Aviation Solutions, which is leading the study into the new airline, says that the start-up will chose another city in the north of England for its November launch.

Hansford's plans to start a new carrier were unveiled in April (Flight International, 16-22 April). Although outline agreements have been signed with lessors for eight Boeing 737s, approval has not yet been awarded by the UK's Civil Aviation Authority. The consultancy awaits its declaration of financial adequacy from the CAA to ensure it does not risk insolvency. Hansford was chief executive of short-lived UK regional airline Euro Direct and the now defunct British World Airlines. He says the new project could be based at a non-UK European airport if CAA approval is not forthcoming.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Airport in north-east England says it expects to sign an agreement with a low-fare airline to start operations by year-end. Business development director Chris Sanders says the airport has had talks with several carriers. Sanders confirms that both Bmibaby and MyTravelLite have expressed an interest in starting operations in the region.

Source: Flight International