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This guidance clarifies how government ordinarily expects to interpret public service obligation (PSO) criteria and how a devolved administration or local authority can access funding for supporting an airline to operate a service on the PSO route. EU member states may impose PSOs on air routes which are vital for the economic and social development of the region in order to maintain appropriate air services.
The PSO fund is to be used for the protection of existing UK air services to London where there is a risk that regional connectivity may be lost.