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Flights are launched to London Heathrow

By Warren Wilkins 3rd April 2019

Flights are launched to London Heathrow
WE HAVE TAKE OFF: Celebrations were staged to mark the launch of the Newquay to Heathrow flights.

CELEBRATIONS have been held to mark the launch of a new service between Cornwall Airport Newquay and London Heathrow.

A water cannon salute greeted the Flybe flight as it came into land from Europe’s busiest airport on Monday morning. Several dignitaries were in attendance, including businesses who will benefit from the connectivity Heathrow will provide with the rest of the world, which included Gordon Seabright, the CEO of the Eden Project and Jonathan Jones, the managing director of trading at Tregothnan.

A special cake was also served to mark the occasion.

It is the first time in more than 20 years that Newquay has boasted an airlink with Heathrow after benefiting from a Cornwall Council-led Public Service Obligation subsidy partly funded by the Government. The flights will operate four times a day, replacing the previous triple-daily service between Newquay and London Gatwick.

The service to London Heathrow, 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 16-minute Heathrow Express service to Paddington, Piccadilly Line and eventually the new Crossrail service. Flights to London now account for 40% of all passengers using Newquay airport. The route is provided by Flybe, now owned jointly by Virgin Airways, using a Q400 turbo-prop aircraft, one of the ‘greenest’ aircraft in service.

Secretary of State, 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.”

Airport Managing Director, Al Titterington, added: “It’s fantastic that all the 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.”

A number of representatives from the airline, Cornwall Council, Heathrow and Cornwall’s business community were in attendance at the celebration.

Newquay Central Cornwall councillor Geoff Brown, the Cabinet member for Transport, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Newquay.

“Supported by a Public Service Agreement between the Government and Cornwall Council there will be four flights daily. This will be a great boost for both business and tourism connecting Newquay with 200 destinations worldwide in 85 countries. You will be able to travel across the globe on a single ticket with onward connections via Heathrow. Businesses can also connect with the capital and be in London for a morning meeting and return home the same evening.”

Cornwall Council Leader Adam Paynter added: “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 route 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.

Mark Duddridge, chairman of the Cornwall Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Regional air links are vital to rebalancing the UK economy and supporting our emerging industries in Cornwall, like space, clean energy and creative tech. Four flights a day into Heathrow will help our ambitious businesses trade around the world, and attract more domestic and
overseas visitors to one of the best parts of the UK.”

Mel Colton Dyer, the chief operating officer at Cornwall Chamber of
Commerce, said: “The new service offers a fantastic opportunity to connect Cornwall’s businesses to new markets across Europe and beyond.”

Meanwhile the inaugural flight between Newquay and Heathrow ended in a shambles on Sunday night with passengers being taken on a
six-hour bus ride to London instead.

Passengers for flight BE2187 were due to board at 6.15pm but the flight was cancelled at 8pm after engineers were unable to fix an electrical fault. They were offered the option of rebooking for another flight but most chose to travel on the bus, which set off at 9pm. 

An airport spokesman said: “We can confirm that flight BE2187 from Newquay to Heathrow was cancelled on Sunday night due to a technical issue. Passengers were offered
alternative travel arrangements.”

By Warren Wilkins 3rd April 2019

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