Michael O'Leary, the CEO of budget airline Ryanair, says allowing people to fly from their local airports and serving the regions of the UK is one of the drivers of his business.
O'Leary was speaking as his company announced new routes out of both Liverpool John Lennon and Manchester Airports.
More top news
Officers investigating a homophobic attack on a man in Oldham have released CCTV images.
Professional Footballers Association (PFA) has announced their latest partnership with Manchester based skin cancer charity, Melanoma UK.
Detectives working to identify a man found in a canal on Saturday are asking anyone who may know him to come forward.