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March 31st 2011


Yes, it’s really a flying haggis!

Flybe, the UK’s Number One Domestic airline, flew a giant haggis to Cornwall this afternoon to mark the start of its Newquay - Edinburgh summer flights – and tomorrow Cornwall will reciprocate the honour as Flybe takes a giant 18-inch presentation Cornish Pasty on the morning flight to Edinburgh!

Passengers travelling through Newquay Cornwall Airport after the inbound Edinburgh flight touched down today did a double take as ‘Hamish Haggis’ exited the aircraft carrying a large traditional ‘Chieftain’ haggis from the renowned Edinburgh butchers, Macsween to present to Cornish Councillor John Fitter and Cornwall Airport Ltd Board Director. Also present to welcome the iconic visitor was Lauren Shilling from The Bay Hotel in Newquay whose executive chef will feature the Scottish delicacy on its menu over the coming days.

The activity is part of Flybe’s Haggis-Cornish Pasty swap to mark the start of its Newquay-Edinburgh summer service. Tomorrow, local Cornish baker Malcolm Barnecutt will fly to Edinburgh to handover the giant Cornish Pasty to The Cyrenians Good Food Programme, Edinburgh Airport’s local charity. 

Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer said: “Flybe is committed to contributing to the communities it serves and this extends naturally to supporting the rich cultural heritage of our regions. Flybe’s Cornish Pasty-Haggis Swap is our fun way of highlighting this key summer route between Cornwall and Edinburgh that provides a convenient and affordable link between the South West and Scotland’s capital city.”

Director at The Bay Hotel, James Nettleton, said of the route: “It’s fantastic to see the Edinburgh to Newquay route running again this season.  Its continuation means that a weekend stay with us here in Cornwall is made easily accessible to our Scottish visitors. We hope it continues long into the future.”

Adds Keith Marshall, Newquay Cornwall Airport’s Finance Director: “Edinburgh is a fantastic city to visit and we’re pleased that Flybe has bought back its frequent direct flights which run right until the end of October.  Edinburgh has been a particularly successful and popular route here at Newquay and we look forward to seeing it flourish again this year.”

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