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Cornwall air links 'a priority' after Flybe collapse

Cornwall air links 'a priority' after Flybe collapse

Published by Emma Carton at 12:26pm 5th March 2020. (Updated at 12:28pm 5th March 2020)

Cornwall is being reassured that its air links to London and other regional airports are a 'top priority' after the collapse of Flybe.

The Exeter-based airline went into administration in the early hours of Thursday morning and all flights have been grounded.

It only secured a rescue deal back in January, but bosses say a slump in bookings caused by coronavirus has made things worse.

The MP for Newquay and St Austell, Steve Double, says he has been in contact with the Aviation Minister.

They have confirmed the government's "ongoing support" for Cornwall's routes, particularly the "vital London connection".

“The decision for Flybe to go into administration was a commercial one, made by the company. The shareholders have also stated there has been a severe impact of COVID-19 on Flybe’s trading.”

“The Government had been in constant talks with the airline and continued to be prepared to support them within what they are allowed to do legally under EU state aid rules.”

“I have already spoken with the Aviation Minister, who has confirmed the government's ongoing support for both our airport and particularly our vital London connection.”

“I will now make it a priority to work with the Department for Transport, Cornwall Council and the management of Cornwall Airport Newquay to find another airline to take on this route as soon as possible.”

“I will also be in touch with the Department for Work and Pensions about the support they are offering to Mid-Cornwall constituents affected by any job losses and if anyone has any concerns with this, please do get in touch with me and I will do what I can to help.”

Newquay and St Austell MP, Steve Double

Passengers are being urged not to travel to the airport unless they have tickets booked for a different confirmed flight.

You can read all the advice from Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Civil Aviation Authority here.

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