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Leading regional airline’s Winter 2016/17 schedule features three routes including brand new service to Leeds Bradford in total offering up to 29 flights a week

28th October 2016


Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, starts operating its 2016/17 Winter Schedule from Cornwall Airport Newquay this weekend (30th October 2016), offering three routes including a brand new service to Leeds Bradford that started today and made possible through the Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund (RACF).

To mark the new regional connection, the Eden Project took part in a floral exchange with RHS Garden Harlow Carr whose representative travelled to Newquay on the inaugural flight to present a white rose to represent Yorkshire. In return, they received a white camellia aptly named 'China Clay' to take back home. Each tourist attraction will display the plants at their respective attractions.

Aviation Minister Lord Ahmad said: “It is fantastic to see Flybe launch this new direct air service between Leeds Bradford and Newquay. Passengers and businesses will benefit from faster journeys, while trade and tourism opportunities will be opened up in Yorkshire and Cornwall. By supporting new regional air routes, the Government is driving investment and boosting growth across the whole of the UK.”

The new route to Leeds Bradford, that offers three flights a week, joins Flybe’s existing winter services to London Gatwick and Manchester, together totalling a choice of up to 29 flights a week for travel through to 25th March 2017. One way fares are from £24.99 including taxes and charges and are available for booking at

The Minister’s sentiment was reflected by Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, Vincent Hodder who added: “Our winter schedule offers Cornwall travellers a convenient choice of routes. Manchester and London Gatwick, as well as being attractive destinations in their own right for both business and leisure travel, also offer a wide choice of onward travel. And our new Leeds Bradford service is another perfect example of the importance of the Regional Air Connectivity Fund’s role in encouraging and supporting the UK regions and perfectly dovetails with Flybe’s commitment to connecting the UK regions ‘Faster than Road or Rail’.”   

Flybe’s daily flights to London Gatwick take just 70-minutes, significantly faster than rail or road, and with up to three flights a day Monday to Fridays are conveniently times for both business and leisure travel. Flights direct to Flybe’s key Manchester hub also open up endless possibilities for worldwide travel via Flybe’s codeshare partners when booked direct with the airline in question or through local travel agents as well as onwards throughout the UK with other Flybe flights, including with those of its franchise partner, Loganair.

Cornwall Airport Newquay’s Managing Director, Al Titterington, comments: “Providing year-round connectivity on our network is a key part of our strategy so we’re pleased that the RACF has enabled Flybe to introduce this new service to Leeds Bradford. This joins Flybe’s services to London Gatwick and Manchester this winter, helping to further support the tourism sector in Cornwall out of season and also increase the opportunities for corporate connections between Cornwall and the North of England.”