February 18th 2011
Leading regional airline marks second anniversary on key route and reports high demand over half-term holiday
Flybe, Europe’s leading regional airline and the UK’s Number One Domestic airline, this week celebrated the second anniversary of its popular Newquay to London Gatwick service, the South West’s only air route to London and the South East, whilst also reporting high demand for half term holiday travel.
Passengers checking in for the ‘second anniversary’ flight were greeted by a colourful London ‘guardsman’, complete with red uniform and black busby, who presented each of two lucky winners in possession of a specially numbered Travel London guide, with two return flights for future use on the key route. For local businessman Andrew McKin, it was his 55th flight on this key route, with Colin Lemmings from Dartford, Kent commenting that he usually travels with Flybe twice a month between his London and Newquay offices.
During its first two years of operation, the Flybe London Gatwick to Newquay sector has grown passengers numbers by 46% and South West businesses are looking set to enjoy a busy time over the upcoming half-term holiday, with many of Flybe’s weekend flights over 80% full. The consistency of the airline’s on-time performance on this route has obviously contributed to its popularity and is reflected by its 95% record over the first two months of 2011 to date*.
Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer said: "Just two years after Flybe started operating direct flights between Newquay and London Gatwick, it is clear that the service has benefitded the Cornish economy and the Cornish travelling public.
“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our passengers for their support in making this route the success it has become. We are also particularly proud of the fact that this route is also helping to open up the Cornish economy to the rest of the world by means of Flybe's connecting services from our London Gatwick base. By way of example, our extensive interline partnerships with airlines like Emirates, Air France and Virgin Atlantic has allowed Cornish travellers in the past few months alone to check-in their baggage at Newquay Cornwall Airport and pick it up again when they arrive at such far-flung destinations as Atlanta, Denmark, Dubai, Orlando and Singapore!”Flybe offers a convenient choice of up to 36 flights a week between Newquay and London Gatwick. Full schedule details are available at www.flybe.com with seats available for booking from £32.99 one way including taxes and charges.