Flybe will continue to operate the Newquay to London Gatwick air route, it was confirmed today.
UK Aviation Minister, Robert Goodwill, is in Cornwall today (Oct 27) to sign the Public Service Obligation (PSO) which will guarantee the link over the next four years.
The Government is providing £2.5 million to support the route, in addition to £300k from Cornwall Council.
Flybe will operate three flights each way during the week, with two weekend rotations.
Goodwill said: “Keeping our regions connected with London is a vital part of our long term economic plan. That is why we have worked so hard with Cornwall Council to protect the route to Newquay and make sure we do all we can to support the local area.
“Fast, frequent flights to the south west will unlock access to stunning landscapes and skilled businesses, benefiting the region and the UK as a whole.”
Flybe’s chief executive, Saad Hammad, said: “The people of Cornwall need efficient and affordable air access to the capital, which is faster than road and rail. So we welcome today’s announcement. It is an important step in improving regional connectivity in the UK, which contributes significantly to economic development.
“Flybe’s strategic vision is to give regional customers around the country more convenient access to the wider world. We look forward to continuing to serve our passengers flying to and from Newquay.”
Airport MD, Al Titterington, added: “Gatwick has been the backbone of the airport’s route network for a number of years and it is has been extremely important for us to secure its continuation under the Public Service Obligation.
“A year round daily return service is vital for the Cornish economy and this announcement can give confidence to those using the airport and this important service.”