(Reuters) - Virgin Atlantic is in talks to acquire regional airline Flybe Group Plc <FLYB.L>, Sky News reported on Thursday, a week after Flybe said it was in talks to sell itself.
Virgin's interest in Flybe is because a tie-up would provide opportunities to feed passenger traffic into Virgin Atlantic's long-haul network, as well as its access to valuable take-off and landing slots at London Heathrow Airport, Sky News reported, citing sources.
Flybe did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
(Reporting by Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru. Editing by Jane Merriman)