Commenting, Rob Bishton, Group Director Safety and Airspace Regulation at the UK Civil Aviation Authority said:

“Our thoughts remain with the families and friends that were affected by this tragic accident in January 2019. Illegal commercial flights represent a significant safety risk and that is reflected in the court's decision today.

“The aviation system relies on the integrity of all those involved. Anyone operating a commercial flight should always have the necessary licence and approvals in place. ”