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Minister defends spending millions underwriting flights

Baker insists IoM needs connectivity for patient transfers

Spending up to £5.5m underwriting flights between the Island and the UK is in the 'best interests of the Isle of Man'.

That's from the infrastructure minister who came under fire in the House of Keys for his department's spending on services to Liverpool, Manchester and Heathrow.

Government has been subsidising Loganair services since border restrictions came into force last March to ensure patients are able to attend appointments in the UK.

Tim Baker defended the expense after Middle MHK Bill Shimmins questioned the value of the service:

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