“The collapse of Flybe will cause significant damage to the local economy, both in terms of jobs and to our interconnectivity with other regional centres. We know that many people saw Flybe as a vital service, particularly for business travel.
“Today’s announcement also graphically illustrates how important it is that the Government looks at actual need rather than geographical location when it comes to supporting different parts of the country with the new Shared Prosperity Fund. The South East is the engine of the country’s economy – contributing more to national prosperity than any other region outside of London, keeping the UK globally competitive. However, good connectivity is key – and with our roads and railways at capacity, it is clear that urgent investment and national support is vital for the continued economic success not only of the South East, but also the whole country.”