SAS introduces new service from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Copenhagen

Scandinavian airline, SAS, has recently said that it will start operations from Cornwall Airport Newquay in summer 2019.

Commencing on June 28, 2019, the airline will operate its first route connecting Cornwall directly with Copenhagen. Tickets start from £82 each way, or from £153 return, including taxes and charges.

Copenhagen has a reputation as being amongst the happiest places in the world, according to studies. Flights from Newquay will operate on Monday and Fridays in each direction, with flights departing Newquay at 7.05pm, arriving into Copenhagen at 10.10pm, and returning from Copenhagen at 5pm, arriving into Newquay at 6.25pm.

The new service follows on from the airline’s route launch between London Stansted and Copenhagen in April. With the service, SAS operates direct routes to the Danish capital from seven UK airports – including from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

Commenting on the move, Al Titterington, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay said: ‘This is a route not only for the many Scandinavians wanting to explore Cornwall and the South West of the UK, but also for our local catchment, which now have flights designed perfectly for an extended weekend break in one of Europe’s coolest capital cities.’

Niko Ek, general manager for SAS Europe, added: ‘We delighted to launch this brand new route for summer 2019, both to offer residents of SW England an exciting new direct destination to explore, and to bring Scandinavian tourists into such a beautiful region of England. We look forward to welcoming travellers on board our new flight’.

The new service opens a direct link between Cornwall and Denmark bringing Copenhagen within a two-hour flight from Cornwall. It also allows passengers to connect onto a network of over 70 onward destinations in Europe, Asia and North America.

Flybe commences new flight service from Heathrow to Cornwall

Flybe has commenced a new route connecting Heathrow and Cornwall Airport Newquay.

The new year-round service will operate four flights a day, seven days a week. The service will be operated from Heathrow Terminal 2: The Queens Terminal, using a 78-seat Q400 aircraft.

Commenting on the start of this new service, Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling said: ‘The new route from Cornwall to our national hub airport offers significant opportunities for local businesses and people and will help boost tourism across the South West. It’s great to see this new route launched with help from the government, as we work to build a better connected UK.’

Ross Baker, Chief Commercial Officer at Heathrow said: ‘This route highlights our commitment to domestic connectivity and it is fantastic to welcome this regular service between Newquay and Heathrow. Joining our regions to the UK’s only hub airport marks a fantastic opportunity for many including exporters from Cornwall now connecting to global markets and inward investors, tourists and students from all over the world. Now they can all experience the wonders the region has to offer in a much easier and convenient way.’

With the new service, Flybe will operate 10 routes in total from Cornwall Airport Newquay.

Flybe CEO, Christine Ourmieres-Widener added: ‘We are delighted to celebrate with our partners the start of our new Heathrow service from Newquay. There has been an overwhelmingly positive response from customers since we announced the route. It offers multiple choices for onward connections to and from the rest of the world from the UK’s busiest airport – and also on to our own routes there to and from Aberdeen and Edinburgh, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.’

Cornwall Airport Newquay’s Managing Director, Al Titterington, said: ‘It’s fantastic that all our hard work to make sure that Cornwall Airport Newquay has direct access to Europe’s busiest hub has finally come to fruition. The worldwide connectivity that this brings opens up a world of opportunity for Cornwall.

‘Now we have direct flights to Heathrow, we will see the strength of Newquay and Cornwall’s brand abroad grow even further, helping to attract more valuable international tourism to our beautiful county.’

Cornwall Airport Newquay announces new service to Channel Islands

Cornwall Airport Newquay has said that regional operator Blue Islands, a franchise partner of Flybe, will commence a new service to Jersey and Guernsey.

Starting June 3, Blue Islands will operate three times weekly throughout the summer season until August 31, with the service adding a further 3,600 seats at Cornwall Airport in 2019.

The carrier will operate the route on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, offering passengers a weekend break or full-week break in the Channel Islands. Flights will depart Cornwall at 12:10, arriving in Jersey one-hour later, with passengers then having the option to connect through to Guernsey. Return flights will leave Jersey at 10:40. The airline will use its ATR 42-320s on the route, laid out in a 46-seat configuration.

‘It is fantastic news that from this summer the Airport will have more flight options for our passengers, adding to our already confirmed new services to Copenhagen, plus London’s Heathrow and Southend Airports,’ commented Al Titterington, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay

‘The Channel Islands are currently hard to reach for passengers in our catchment, with them having to either drive hours to the nearest airport with direct services or having to drive to the UK South Coast and take a ferry, with this being a journey which could take up to eight hours or more. By offering this seamless one-hour flight to Jersey and onwards to Guernsey, we now have a much more sustainable and customer friendly option for people wanting to reach this part of the world, and for those in the Channel Islands wanting to visit our great county,’ Titterington added.

Rob Veron, Blue Islands CEO said: ‘The exciting addition of direct flights between Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Channel Islands means residents of both regions can now appreciate discovering the respective unique cultures and subtle nuances that exist beyond the stunning coastlines, quaint harbours, picturesque countryside, as well as buzzing beach and surf scenes.’

In 2019, Cornwall Airport will see the introduction of a four times daily hub connection to London Heathrow with Flybe, connecting Newquay, Cornwall and South West UK. In addition, the new airline partner SAS will begin a twice-weekly service to its hub at Copenhagen, the first time that Cornwall will have a direct link with Scandinavia, the airport said.

London Heathrow to commence new flights to Cornwall from April 2019

London Heathrow Airport will commence a new direct air route to Newquay from April 2019, offering passengers a greater range of choice, the UK Secretary of State for Transport has announced.

The new route comes as the government seeks to ensure all regions of the UK are well served by airports and routes to the rest of the country. A public service obligation, the route will be jointly funded by a government and Cornwall Council initiative and will give passengers a choice of more than 200 destinations across 85 countries.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: ‘The government has been clear that maintaining and enhancing air routes that help bring together the UK, is one of the key benefits of any expansion at Heathrow.

‘This new route will see the people of the South West profit from a direct connection into our national hub airport even before it expands, building on the government’s ongoing commitment to the Newquay route, protecting choice and strengthening trade and travel opportunities for the whole UK.’

Cornwall Airport Newquay’s Managing Director, Al Titterington, said: ‘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.’

John Holland Kaye, CEO at Heathrow airport said: ‘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.’

Airlines flying to any UK destination from Heathrow will continue to benefit from a £15 discount on airport charges. This is only one in a package of measures that Heathrow is implementing to support more domestic flights within the UK, the airport said.

SAS announces new route from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Copenhagen in summer 2019

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, has announced that it will introduce a new service to Cornwall Airport Newquay in 2019.

Starting 28 June 2019, the airline will operate its service linking Cornwall directly with Copenhagen, with flights operating Mondays and Fridays during the peak summer season.

The new service will open a direct link between Cornwall and Denmark, and also allows for passengers to connect onto a network of over 70 onward destinations in Europe, Asia and North America via transfer in Copenhagen, including other popular European cities such as Oslo and Stockholm.

Commenting on the announcement, Al Titterington, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay said, ‘This is a route not only for the many Scandinavians wanting to explore Cornwall and the South West of the UK, but also for our local catchment, which now have flights designed perfectly for an extended weekend break in one of Europe’s coolest capital cities.’

Carrying 28.5 million passengers in 2017, SAS will be the sixth airline to offer scheduled flights from the airport, joining the operations currently offered by Aer Lingus, Eurowings, Flybe, Skybus and Ryanair. Cornwall Airport Newquay is SAS’ sixth UK airport, and the only one in the South West of the country.

The new Cornwall Airport route is a part of SAS’ plan to introduce 17 direct routes from Scandinavia in summer 2019, including six new destinations. Besides Cornwall Newquay, the new destinations are Catania, Florence, Marseille, Szczecin and Antalya.

Aer Lingus Regional announces new service from Cornwall to Cork Airport for summer

Aer Lingus Regional has said the airline will operate a service from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Cork Airport, for summer 2017.

Situated in southern Ireland, Cork is one of Ireland’s most scenic Irish cities and tourist destinations. The airline currently operates flights from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Dublin Ireland.

The new service, which will commence on May 6, will be operated twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday, with fares from GBP35.49 each way including taxes and charges. Aer Lingus’ services are operated by flying partner Stobart Air.

Seats are available for booking on www.aerlingus.com.

Al Titterington, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay, said: ‘The Irish market is a key target for growth and our partnership with Aer Lingus Regional continues to flourish with the addition of Cork this summer. Cork is an exciting development in our route network offering 2-way access between Cornwall and southern Ireland and will boost both regions’ tourism industries which is great news, especially for the UK’s #1 tourism destination.’

Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport, added: ‘Today’s news is great for anyone from the South of Ireland planning their summer getaway. Cornwall is a stunning part of the UK, renowned for its surf and scenery with an abundance of things to see and do. The county is home to some unique attractions such as the Eden Project, as well as some delicious traditional British cuisine, making it ideal for families, surfers, sailors and walkers alike, who are seeking a destination closer to home.

‘Furthermore, when you consider that the UK is Ireland’s largest market for inbound tourism, the new route enables more opportunity to showcase Ireland’s Ancient East and Wild Atlantic Way’.

Martin Saxton, Chief Commercial Officer at Stobart Air, commented, ‘The addition of Cork reflects the ongoing success of our route network and our services from Cornwall. We’re keen to provide value, choice and key connections for our customers and are confident this route will be a very popular destination for summer 2017.’

Aer Lingus Regional currently flies up to 640 flights per week across its 26 routes throughout the UK, Ireland and France. Stobart Air is the franchise flying partner to Aer Lingus and Flybe, operating its services from London’s Southend Airport to some European destinations.

 

Flybe commences new summer route to Newquay from Aberdeen

Flybe, the UK-based low-fares airline, has launched its new weekly summer flights between Aberdeen and Cornwall Airport Newquay on Saturday, May 28, giving travellers direct access to one of the UK’s top summer destinations.

Taking two hours, the new Saturday flight service takes around nine hours less compared to travelling by car. With the shortest train journeys from Aberdeen to Newquay taking over 14 hours, including up to four changes, travellers choosing to fly can save nearly 24 extra hours of holiday time.

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, comments: ‘Our new route to Newquay from Aberdeen opens up a whole new part of the country to travellers who may previously have been put off by the long journey times. We have all experienced driving or taking the train at peak holiday times, often an extremely stressful experience, especially for families taking a well-earned break.

‘This convenient new route confirms our customer promise to be the ‘Fastest way from A to Flybe’, faster than road or rail. We look forward to welcoming all our new passengers on board this summer.’

Carol Benzie, Managing Director at Aberdeen Airport, said: ‘Flybe has proven to be a very popular airline in Aberdeen Airport serving UK destinations such as: London City, Manchester, Jersey, Norwich and Birmingham. This expansion of flights to Newquay will be a welcome addition for business or leisure travel and we wish Flybe all the best with this new launch.’

In addition to the new route to Cornwall Newquay Airport, Flybe’s 2016 summer schedule from Aberdeen includes extra flights to Belfast City, Birmingham and Manchester with a total additional choice of up to 13 extra flights a week to these city destinations.

There are also two flights a day to London City, with early morning and late afternoon flight timings for travellers looking for day return options. In addition, Flybe’s Jersey route will also return for peak summer with weekly Saturday flights, the airport had said in November 2015.

One way fares are available at www.flybe.com from £29.99 including taxes and charges.

Omega offers seven night escorted holiday to Devon and Cornwall from Norwich

Omega Holidays, a specialist tour operator for individuals and groups, has announced a new seven-nights escorted holiday by air from Norwich Airport to the countryside of southwest England to cover Devon, Cornwall and the Eden Project.

Departing on Sunday July 26, 2015, the escorted tour will offer tourists and travellers looking to explore the Southwest countryside with interesting historical facts and stories about the place and exploration of the quaint towns and landscapes of the two regions of Devon and Cornwall. Included in the tour is the Eden Project, said to be one of the largest greenhouses in the world and Cornwall’s most notable landmark. Eden’s giant biomes maintain miniature eco-systems that enable a varied range of plants to flourish.

The holiday includes return flights, seven night’s three-star hotel accommodation that includes three course dinner and full English breakfast, transfers and admission to the Eden Project, and full day excursions to Torquay and Dartmoor National Park. The holiday is priced from £599 per person.

Dino Toouli, Head of Sales at Omega Holidays, said ‘Having successfully operated an evening excursion to view the Northern Lights earlier this year, and a new programme of holidays to the Black Forest region of Germany and Austria this summer, we are delighted to add this fully escorted holiday to the popular regions of Devon and Cornwall from Norwich International.’

Richard Pace, Norwich Airport Operations Director & General Manager added, ‘The south west is a very popular summer destination and we are happy that Omega Holidays have taken the opportunity to include this region to the summer flights from Norwich this summer, we are sure this will prove to be a popular option for local holidaymakers.’

Omega Holidays will also offer a flight only option on the service from £99.00 return.

 

Cornwall Council considers transforming Newquay Airport into concert venue

Cornwall Council is considering options to help balance the books at the loss-making Newquay Airport, including making it a rock concert venue, the BBC has reported.

UKIP councillor, Harry Blakeley, suggested that the airport could be converted into a concert venue, and could also host go-kart racing and other activities.

The suggestion comes as passenger numbers at the airport fell for a fifth year in a row last year, to 174,000, down from 431,000 in 2008/9.

A former military base, the airport had a major setback when Ryanair and Air Southwest withdrew their flights in 2011. The airport’s link with Gatwick is also set to end in the autumn when Flybe ends its operations, after saying that the service is not viable.

While Cornwall Council, the airport’s owner, said that space was limited at the airport, Councillor Blakeley said it was ‘big enough’ for concerts. He also suggested kite boarding.

Councillor Adam Paynter, cabinet member for partnerships, which helps oversee the airport, said they would consider the proposal.

However, Paynter added: ‘The total acreage is about 861 acres – it is a big area but a lot is the Enterprise Zone which is 650 acres and 231 acres is development land, occupied by commercial companies and 87 acres is the solar park.

‘We also get paid by the government to stay open as an emergency airfield. The runway is one of the largest in the country so any plane can land there.’

Health and safety problems make it very difficult for the airport to host thousands of people at a concert, he said, adding: ‘The difficulty is keeping people apart from the commercial activities.’

The airport has already hosted car shows, eco-car races, police driver training and has been used for filming TV and commercials, the report noted.

Flybe to maintain Newquay-Gatwick route until October

Flybe has announced that it will keep the Newquay-London route going until October 2014, The BBC has reported.

Cornwall’s only air link to London was set to be axed in March, and Flybe’s decision to keep the route operational has come about because no other firm came forward to run it. The decision is expected to give Cornwall Council time to arrange a public subsidy that will support and help run the troubled route from October onwards.

In October, the Department for Transport confirmed to Cornwall Council that the route was technically eligible for a subsidy that could amount to several million pounds each year.

In the meantime, Flybe has secured new slots, allowing its 78-seat planes to continue to fly from Newquay twice daily, morning and evening.

The terms of the ‘commercially sensitive’ deal have not been disclosed. If the complex arrangements can be made operational, the government will support an operator – not necessarily Flybe – to run the route for a four-year period, the BBC said.

The news has been widely accepted in the Duchy by business leaders, MPs and the local authority. However, Niall Duffy from Flybe said that the route was not viable without the subsidy.

‘This is a route that, without public subsidy, is not sustainable on a year-round basis,’ he said, adding: ‘If you look at Scotland, if you look at some parts of Wales, there are public subsidised routes that keep passengers on the move and I think London and the DfT need to seriously look at their commitment to rebalancing the economy.’

Cornwall councillor, Adam Paynter, said: ‘The air link between Newquay and London is vital for the economy of Cornwall.’

He said the airport was financially viable, and that the council would be working with Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the county’s MPs to secure the long-term future of a link to London.