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.
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.