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Boost for bids to create 15 regional flight routes

Daily flights could soon take place between Oxford and Edinburgh after the route was one of 15 shortlisted for funding.

The government announced which bids were in the running for cash from the Regional Air Connectivity Fund.

At least 11 routes are expected to benefit from the subsidy, aimed at improving connectivity for UK businesses and citizens.

For successful routes, the fund will cover up to half the UK airport charges for up to three years, where the airport has fewer than 3M passengers per year.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Smaller airports are vital for bringing the country together and creating new international opportunities for their local areas.

“The shortlist we are publishing today shows the potential for smaller airports to create jobs and drive growth. Aviation is one of the UK’s economic success stories and our investment ensures it is shared out across the whole country.”

The full shortlist

  • Durham to Belfast
  • Carlisle to Belfast
  • Carlisle to Dublin
  • Carlisle to Southend
  • Dundee to Amsterdam
  • Doncaster to Frankfurt
  • Derry to Dublin
  • Newquay to Leeds Bradford
  • Norwich to Paris
  • Norwich to Dublin
  • Norwich to Exeter
  • Norwich to Newcastle
  • Oxford to Edinburgh
  • Southampton to Lyon
  • Southampton to Munich

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