FLYPLYMOUTH TO REOPEN PLYMOUTH AIRPORT IN
TWO YEARS, CREATE NEW AIRLINE IN THREE
VIABLE BRINGS “SAVE PLYMOUTH AIRPORT” CAMPAIGN TO AN END
Viable’s three and a half year campaign to save Plymouth airport came to end this evening
with the launch of FlyPlymouth, a new entity created to reopen the airport and reintroduce air
Following a recent visit to the airport by the Secretary of State for Transport who said “The
door was open to government support for the airport” and speaking to a packed meeting at
the University of St Mark and St John, Raoul Witherall, FlyPlymouth’s chief executive set out
the company’s vision to see the airport reopened within two years and a new airline created
“Viable set out in 2011 to carry the flag for those who wished to see Plymouth rethink its
approach to air connectivity. The objective was to save Plymouth airport from redevelopment
and now that objective has been largely achieved with the airport’s protection in the Plymouth
“It is time now for Plymouth to focus on reopening its airport and connecting with the world.
For this we need a new vehicle, one that can deliver on reopening the airport, creating a new
airline and partnering together with Plymouth to achieve this. FlyPlymouth is that vehicle.”
“FlyPlymouth is a locally-based social enterprise focused on providing aviation services.
Being constituted as a company limited by guarantee means that profits will be recycled into
the business rather than being extracted by private shareholders. We are seeking a short
lease rather than securing freehold interests which have the potential to destabilise the
business. These factors will contribute to a sustainable solution that is right for Plymouth
Asked why FlyPlymouth would succeed where others had given up, Richard Crocker,
FlyPlymouth’s Chief Operating Officer explained that “Rather than going for another low cost
volume model, our plans for the airport and airline are adapted to the facilities that exist and
needs of the proven passenger market. We have a stepped plan that is designed to be
profitable at each stage”
“By 2018, a new airline will provide daily services to a range of destinations including
London,” he said.
Both London Heathrow and Gatwick airports have recently expressed interest in supporting
the reopening of Plymouth airport.
FlyPlymouth will raise £150,000 seed money over the coming months to deliver essential
pre-revenue work. Funded largely out of business and private contributions, this will enable
vital preparation such as detailed business planning, due diligence and legal support required
to reopen the airport.
The airport and airline business plans themselves are to be financed through a separate
multi-million pound package accessed at a later stage once the business has secured a
For further information visit www.flyplymouth.com