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Why do we need to safeguard inter-island routes? They'll always be there, and competition will keep the prices down. The Gatwick slots need to be safeguarded as they could easily be given away to someone else. That's why the states airline is running there and again competition keeps the prices down. Also I don't want to lose Gatwick and have to fly past London to Stanstead to get to London. As for UK routes (outside Gatwick, Manchester and Southampton), unfortunately there is not enough demand to run to each island separately. That is why airlines will run a triangular service between islands. If a passenger has to go via one of the islands then they can just wait on the plane. With no transit facilities in either airport, I don't think any passengers will be too pleased at having to get their luggage, clear customs, re-check in and clear security just to get to their final destination.