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Date published: 2006/02/10

The BBC says:

Sir Freddie Laker, the British pioneer of charter airlines, has died in the United States at the age of 83.

Sir Freddie, who introduced cheap air travel to the world in the 1970s, died of undisclosed causes in Miami, a family friend said.

At its peak, Laker Airways offered London to New York tickets for £118, but was forced out of business in 1982.

Fellow airline tycoon Sir Richard Branson paid tribute to Sir Freddie as "one of Britain's great entrepreneurs".

The first person to offer air travel to the masses, instead of just the ruling elite. Unfortunately his airline failed, because of predatory pricing by British Airways and others, but his legacy lives on in Ryanair, Easyjet and similar airlines. Of course this might be a short-lived phenomenon, given that much of the ruling elite (such as the BBC and the so-called environmentalists) do not like the masses to have cheap air travel and so are trying to make it much more expensive.

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