A new twice-daily air link between Cornwall and the city of London has been hailed by local business leaders.
From next month, Air Southwest will begin a new service into London City Airport, enabling the county’s business travellers to be able to conduct a full day’s work in the capital, and return home he same day.
Richard Glover, chief executive of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, said: “Our members will be delighted about this new London City route which is a great addition to the air links available from Newquay. Anything that helps improve access to markets will be warmly welcomed, and that goes for business and leisure.”
Tim Jones, chairman of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, added: “After so much bad news in the economy this announcement will be a massive confidence boost. Time is money for business travellers, especially in the current climate, and this new route will be a lifeline for businesses in Cornwall who want quick and easy access to the heart of the capital.”
Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive of South West Tourism, commented: “These flights create a vast new catchment in central London that will be a valuable addition to inbound tourism to Cornwall, especially in the short break market.”
London City Airport is directly connected to the Docklands Light Railway and just minutes from Canary Wharf and the City with trains every ten minutes.
The flights will operate twice daily, Monday to Friday, with one flight on a Sunday.