LEEDS could get a direct air link to the UK’s surfing capital if it gets backing from taxpayers.
Flybe wants to operate a new flight from Leeds-Bradford to Newquay and has asked the Government for financial help to get the service off the ground.
It is asking for help from the Government’s regional air connectivity fund which is designed to encourage more flights from regional airports.
Flybe’s proposals are among 15 nationally the Government has judged meet European rules on state-aid.
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.
Further consultations will now be held over the shortlisted flights before a final decision is taken over which receive backing.