Why Brymon Airways was Britain's boldest regional airline

Lee Cross takes a look at the history of one of the UK’s most pioneering airlines

Domestic air travel in the UK was once the domain of state-owned British European Airways (BEA). For years, an intricate web of routes crisscrossed the country to and from most cities. However, as road and rail networks improved, passengers moved away from many of these services.

By the 1970s, BEA had slashed countless regional routes, and several independent carriers began to fill the void. One market where a significant gap was left was the South West of England. Air services were essential here, as the region's road system left much to be desired. Step forward New Zealanders, journalist Bill Bryce and Formula One racing driver Chris Amon.

The Dash 8-100 was introduced in October 1990
The Dash 8-100 was introduced in October 1990 AirTeamImages/Carl Ford

Brymon Airways, a blend of the two owners' names, was born on January 26, 1970. Bryce would become the airline's director, chairman and majority shareholder, while Amon invested his money but not his time, choosing to focus on motor racing.

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