Lengthen the tax deadline or the airline shuts down: that’s the extraordinary ultimatum put to ministers by the house owners of Flybe. 

The troubled regional airline, which was taken over by a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium final 12 months, is reported by Sky Information to have informed the federal government it wants to hold on to the Air Passenger Responsibility (APD) it has collected till the present robust winter season is over.

Grownup travellers pay £26 in APD for an intra-UK spherical journey. Flybe has lengthy complained that the tax locations it at an obstacle relative to highway and rail transport.

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However the responsibility has lengthy been a favorite of the Treasury, as a result of it’s simple to gather and troublesome to dodge.

Now, the airline seems to be weaponising the accrued tax for December, estimated by The Unbiased to whole £25m, to influence the federal government to assist it restructure.

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15/50 30 December 2019

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16/50 29 December 2019

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17/50 28 December 2019

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31/50 14 December 2019

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Speedo Mick exterior the stadium earlier than the Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park

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The brand new house owners, which additionally embrace Stobart Group and a US funding fund, are understood to be alarmed on the means Flybe has burned by means of money since they took over in March 2019.

The losses have been exacerbated by a lean winter which has seen intense competitors throughout the UK and likewise on the shorter European routes that Flybe operates. 

The consortium calculates that Boris Johnson’s authorities won’t countenance the collapse of the UK’s precept non-London airline. The vast majority of Flybe’s work connects Northern Eire and Scotland with the English northwest, midlands and south coast – in addition to the Channel Islands. 

However such a concession might fall foul of European Union competitors guidelines, which could complicate Brexit negotiations.

Flybe is continuous to function its full schedule, and promote tickets for future journey.