Cornwall Airport Newquay has announced it is delighted to announce that after many years of development, in just a few months’ time, passengers will now be able to fly directly between Cornwall and London Heathrow with Flybe.
Launching services on 31 March 2019, the route will be flown using 78-seat Q400s, with the airline offering four daily flights on the connection.
“This is fantastic news for the Airport, region and the greater South West of the UK,” comments Al Titterington, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay.
“We have been working for many years to make sure that CAN has direct access to Europe’s busiest hub, and with this new service it opens not just a connection to the UK’s leading gateway, but also the world.”
Adding further comment, Titterington states: “By having direct flights to Heathrow, it grows the strength of Newquay and Cornwall’s brand abroad, which is great for the local business community and those wanting to visit our beautiful county.”
The route to Heathrow will replace the airline’s existing link to London Gatwick, with Flybe’s current operation to the capital operating under a Public Service Obligation (PSO) agreement.
“During the first eight months of 2018, over 119,000 passengers flew between CAN and Gatwick, a 12.8% increase over the same period of 2017,” explains Titterington.
Further commenting on the move, he states: “While the Gatwick service will switch to Heathrow, the increased demand shows that CAN needs more services to the capital, and with Flybe offering up to four daily flights to Heathrow, up from three at the moment to Gatwick, we will be giving passengers an extra nine weekly departures to choose from.”
John Holland Kaye, CEO at Heathrow Airport said: “We are delighted to secure a more regular service to Newquay, connecting exporters from Cornwall to global markets through Heathrow and making it easier for inward investors, tourists and students from all over the world to get there.
Following the successful launch in 2016 of an Inverness service, the UK’s two furthest mainland airports will now be connected to the UK’s biggest port.”
Airside International has covered regional connectivity between UK airports and big hubs in the south-east significantly in the past. It appears this is a big move forward for connectivity between smaller regions in the country.