UK government help for Flybe compliant with state aid rules - PM's spokesman

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in the Stormont Parliament Buildings in Belfast, Northern Ireland, January 13, 2020. Liam McBurney/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government's support for regional airline Flybe is fully compliant with rules on state aid, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday, after British Airways owner IAG ICAG.L complained to the European Union about it.

“The government is fully compliant with state aid rules and there has been no state aid for Flybe,” the spokesman told reporters. “Any support that is given would be made on strictly commercial terms,” he added.

Proposed changes to air passenger duty would apply to all airlines, he said.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and Kate Holton, writing by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison