NEW flights from Yorkshire airports could be launched with help from the taxpayer.
The Government has shortlisted two applications from airlines seeking financial help to start new services from the region.
Flybe wants to operate a new flight from Leeds-Bradford to Newquay while BMI regional wants to connected Robin Hood Airport with Frankfurt.
Both airlines are asking for help from the Government’s regional air connectivity fund which is designed to encourage more flights from regional airports.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Smaller airports are vital for bringing the country together and creating new international opportunities for their local areas.
“The shortlist we are publishing today shows the potential for smaller airports to create jobs and drive growth.
“Aviation is one of the UK’s economic success stories and our investment ensures it is shared out across the whole country.”
To access money from the fund airlines have to show they will be able to operate the proposed routes without financial help after three years.
The two Yorkshire proposals are among 15 the Government has judged meet European rules on state-aid.
Further consultations will now be held over the shortlisted flights.