Goodbye to our Hero

February 10, 2006 at 00:00

Philip Meeson, boss of, said: “I knew Freddie, admired him and respected what he did; he was an inspiration for me. I am determined that will continue to follow Freddie's ethos - offering low cost travel to ordinary people. Our thoughts are with Freddie's family at this sad time".

Freddie Laker

Freddie founded his low cost Skytrain flights in the face of determined opposition from the world's great airlines. He began flying his aircraft from London to New York with flights costing as little as £118. This was a first in terms of low cost travel and, as you can imagine, had huge support from the travelling public. Airlines such as have since kept the low cost model alive.