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.’

Eurowings announces new service between Newquay and Stuttgart

Eurowings, a budget airline and part of Lufthansa, is set to add a Newquay-Stuttgart route to its portfolio with a once weekly flight every Saturday as of March 31, 2018.

The new weekly route will run for summer 2018. The flight will depart from Stuttgart at 08:25 and will arrive at Newquay at 10:25. The flight from Newquay departs at 10:55 and will reach Stuttgart at 12:50.

The new flight comes as Eurowings continues to increase connectivity between Cornwall and Germany. In addition, the airline has extended the season of its Newquay to Dusseldorf route, which is also operating each Saturday, to October 20. In total Eurowings will operate two routes from Newquay Airport next summer.

Markus Leopold, Regional Manager UK at Eurowings, said: ‘We are delighted to add Stuttgart, our second route here to our Newquay summer schedule and also expand the seasonality of our existing route to Dusseldorf. There is a growing demand from Newquay to Germany and vice versa and we are looking forward to see even more Eurowings in Cornwall in the future.’

Al Titterington, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay added, ‘We’re pleased to be welcoming an expanded route network with Eurowings for 2018. The addition of Stuttgart as well as the expanded season on their popular Dusseldorf route illustrates the strong demand for easy access to Cornwall from the German market and is a result of the positive relationship we have built with Eurowings. We’re delighted that our network of direct connections to Germany is expanding, offering more choice for passengers wishing to travel between Cornwall and Germany.’

The new Eurowings flights between Newquay and Stuttgart can be booked at www.eurowings.com or via the Eurowings app. Holidaymakers are also offered the option to book budget package holidays on the website through the Eurowings Holidays tour operator. These combine the new flight options with hotel offers, Cornwall Airport said in its release.

Cornwall Airport Newquay has registered a significant increase in its passenger traffic this summer. The airport handled a record 61,000 passengers during August, an increase of 30 percent. The airport growth this summer is more than triple the EU average of eight percent and will reach its 600,000 to 650,000 annual capacity limits, the airport noted.

 

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.

easyJet terminates flights from Southend to Edinburgh and Newquay

UK-based budget airline, EasyJet, has scrapped flights to Edinburgh and Newquay from London Southend Airport, Echo News has reported.

The airline is also cutting back on its trips to Jersey and will now only operate four a week. The move follows easyJet’s announcement in August that it will scrap flights to Belfast, on January 5.

The airline and the airport did not reveal the reasons behind the route closures.

In its statement, easyJet said: ‘Southend continues to be a successful base for easyJet and we will continue to focus the flying schedule there on the routes with the greatest demand.’

David Lister, airport operations director, said: ‘Since easyJet opened its base here in March 2012, it has enjoyed huge success with some of the highest customer satisfaction levels across its European network recorded here.

‘This summer they added an additional aircraft to the base and have consistently expanded the number of destinations on offer from Southend. We look forward to continuing and growing this relationship.’

Flights to the Scottish capital have been running since May. The inaugural flight to Edinburgh was on May 2, 2013, with year round flights running six days a week, every day except Saturday, with fares from as little as £27.49 one way, including taxes. The Newquay route was launched in June this year and carried almost 8,000 passengers in the summer.

An easyJet spokesman said: ‘The last Edinburgh flight from Southend is on June 14. About 5 per cent of our passengers flying in and out of Southend in 2013 used the Edinburgh services.’

In October, easyJet’s UK commercial manager, Hugh Aitken, said that an extra flight would be added in August 2014.

easyjet operates 25 flights to Edinburgh from other London airports. It has also recently started flying from Southend to Tenerife.

 

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.

easyJet Offers Service to Newquay from London Southend Airport

easyJet, a UK based airline, has announced a new route from London Southend Airport in the UK.

The airline will be flying to Newquay from Southend Airport commencing June 20, 2013. Seats are currently on sale for the three-times-weekly service.

Hugh Aitken, the easyJet UK commercial manager said, ‘We’re thrilled to be announcing this new route from London Southend to Newquay which opens up a fast connection to the English Riviera and its great beaches, restaurants and attractions. The new service makes the South West much more accessible, and certainly a lot faster to reach than the current road or rail alternatives.

With easyJet fares starting from as little as £30.99 per person (including taxes based on two passengers flying on the same booking, we’re bringing an easy and affordable option to passengers from this region who wish to travel to the South West coast.

London Southend Airport is our newest and fastest growing UK base with over 400,000 passengers travelling with easyJet since its opening in March this year. We’re fully committed to delivering services from the airport, which meet the needs of business and leisure travellers alike and sure that this new route will prove very popular.’

Previously the airline has launched new services from London Southend Airport to Krakow (Poland) and Berlin (Germany).

Alastair Welch, the managing director of Southend Airport, said, ‘We are delighted to offer another fantastic easyJet route from London Southend Airport – our very first mainland UK destination.

We are sure Newquay is going to prove popular with Essex travellers for both short breaks and longer staycations – not just for its surfing, but also for the simple and easy access it provides to the much admired Cornish coast. Destinations such as St Ives and the Eden project are now just 60 minutes flight time away, instead of a 6-hour car or 9-hour train journey.’

Newquay’s Wild Summer: Quiet Resort Town or Bar Central?

One of the UK’s top tourism spots could be in the middle of an unwelcome re-branding effort. The town of Newquay, renowned as Britain’s surf capital, is growing increasingly popular with students and recent graduates, particularly those looking for a place to party. The small Cornish resort town has also grown popular with school students at year end as a beach party destination.

While its new popularity certainly pleases some, many locals aren’t so impressed with the town’s new audience. Underage drinking has become fairly common in the town, with a typical night in Newquay revealing drunken tourists, unconscious underage visitors, and an inflow of illegal drug use. Approximately sixty-thousand underage visitors arrived in Newquay throughout July 2010.

It’s a phenomenon that’s causing problems for local residents. The city’s main promenade is home to several major bars and clubs, many of which are located within reach of townhouses and apartments belonging to city residents. While most nights are uneventful and relatively peaceful, during tourist season the noise from bars and nightclubs can routinely continue until 4AM or later.

The prevalence of drunken teens is also a safety concern. Newquay’s cliffs are a hazard, although they are easily avoided by most visitors. Throughout the past twelve months, three teens fell from the city’s cliffs, two of whom died. Parents of those involved in the incidents have blamed simple access to alcohol for the deaths, claiming that the teens wouldn’t be admitted to bars elsewhere.

While the surge in underage drinking is certainly alarming, the town remains one of the UK’s top tourist attractions, and for good reason. With calm summertime weather and some of the country’s best surf beaches, it’s unlikely that Newquay’s reputation for fun will disappear. Residents, however, are hopeful that the town’s fun atmosphere will be met with slightly less reckless abandon.

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