A delegation of northern MPs will lobby the government today to support regional airports amid fears that losing links to London could damage their recession-hit economies further.

A group led by Nick Brown, the government’s chief whip and confidant of Gordon Brown, is meeting Jim Fitzpatrick, aviation minister, after several services to Heathrow were dropped in recent weeks.

Three daily flights from Durham Tees Valley by BMI British Midland end on Saturday. The airline has dropped similar, 40-year-old links from Leeds Bradford. Liverpool’s business community is still smarting after VLM, the Dutch carrier, scrapped a daily flight to London City last year.

Financial Times