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Cornwall gets new direct flights to London Heathrow

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 10:59am 22nd November 2018. (Updated at 12:54pm 22nd November 2018)

Cornwall is getting new direct flights - straight to London Heathrow.

The news was revealed by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in the House of Commons on Thursday morning.

The Flybe service replaces the Newquay to Gatwick link - and flight will start in April 2019.

The number of return flights will increase from three to four a day, seven days a week.

Bosses say that will offer the opportunity for additional connectivity and flexibility for both business and leisure travel to and from the Duchy.

Q400 turboprop aircraft will be used to deliver the more frequent service as well as reduce the environmental impact.

The new route and frequency of flights has been secured for four years under a new Public Service Obligation agreement.

Bosses say the service to Heathrow, which is the world's second busiest airport for international travel, will help businesses in Cornwall to compete nationally and internationally, attracting inward investment and boosting tourism.

It will also provide much-improved access to Central London via the sixteen minute Heathrow Express service to Paddington, Piccadilly Line and eventually the new Crossrail service.

London flights now account for 40% of all passengers using Cornwall Airport Newquay.

"Passengers across Cornwall and the South West will enjoy more daily return flights to the capital than ever before, flying directly into Heathrow - the UK's major international airport.

"This new route between Cornwall Airport Newquay and Heathrow Airport, supported by the government, will provide passengers with hundreds of links to global destinations opening up new travel and business opportunities."

Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary

"This sends a strong message that Cornwall is open for business. Having four direct flights a day to Europe's busiest airport provides us with fantastic links and more regular access not just to London, but also to the rest of the world.

"The new agreement will help businesses plan ahead as well as creating more opportunities to do business across the globe. It will allow people to connect from the region to the world's most economically important cities, unlocking opportunities for tourism and trade.

"This will further enable Cornwall to do business with the rest of the world - and the rest of the world to do business with Cornwall."

Cornwall Council's Leader Adam Paynter

 

 

"We have been working for many years to make sure that Cornwall Airport Newquay 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.

"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."

Cornwall Airport Newquay's Managing Director, Al Titterington

"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."

Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye

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