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Cornwall´s Heathrow link to continue

By 20th February 2020

Cornwall´s Heathrow link to continue
Airport chiefs welcome the news about the Heathrow service.

CORNWALL Airport Newquay is set to maintain its lucrative route to Heathrow less than a month after passengers thought the flights were to come to an end.

British Airways will operate the service five times a week from early July to early September throughout the summer.

The announcement follows Newquay airport’s Government subsidised Public Service Obligation to London switching from Heathrow to Gatwick at the end of March.

The Heathrow service is seen as being vitally important to the region as it will preserve the global access required by local businesses.

The seasonal route to Europe’s busiest hub will also help support the important inbound tourism market from both the London area and internationally via worldwide connections, as well as offer more connectivity and choice for local residents.

The addition of British Airways as Cornwall Airport Newquay’s eighth airline partner is seen as a “momentous time” in the history of the facility.

Amy Smith, from Cornwall Airport Newquay, said: “Safeguarding our link to the UK’s leading gateway has been our top priority following the recent change to our current Heathrow operation under a Public Service Obligation agreement.

“British Airways has recognised the demand we continue to see for services to LHR and we’re absolutely ecstatic to confirm we can continue to offer this vital link.

“With such a major global carrier we will be able to offer our passengers one-stop access to the world, while worldwide investors and tourists will benefit from an easier connection to our stunning county.

“This really is a momentous time in the history of Cornwall Airport Newquay. To have British Airways’ acknowledgement of the importance of such a service leaves me in no doubt that this underserved market will continue to grow. Essentially our region is more accessible to the world than it ever has been before.”

Richard Thomasson, interim airport director at Cornwall Airport Newquay, added: “We are delighted to confirm we can continue to offer this vital link between Cornwall and Heathrow, and to welcome British Airways back to Cornwall this summer.

“As a global carrier BA will be able to offer passengers one-stop access to the world, as well as more choice in terms of travelling between Cornwall and the capital. This really is an exciting time in the history of Cornwall Airport Newquay.”

Newquay MP Steve Double said: “This is excellent news and will be alongside the existing Public Service Obligation, which supports the existing route to Gatwick.

“I am sure residents and businesses of Cornwall will welcome this continued connection to the largest international airhub this summer, and I hope this will become a regular fixture when flying to and from Newquay in future years.”

Almost 30% of Cornwall Airport Newquay’s passenger traffic in 2019 travelled to London Heathrow, with an average 84% load factor on each flight.

Newquay airport will provide more hub connections than ever before following Heathrow remaining on its route network this summer, joining SAS’ service to Copenhagen and Flybe’s link to Amsterdam.

By 20th February 2020

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