Media information:

1st April 2019

 

New Flybe Flights Connect Cornwall to the World Via Heathrow

 

  • Year-round service features four flights a day, seven days a week

  • 2019 Summer schedule opens up global connections from Heathrow

  • Secretary of State celebrates with leading members of Cornish business community

  • Flybe now operating 10 routes in total from Cornwall Airport Newquay

 

 

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has this weekend (Sunday 31st March 2019) started operating its 2019 Summer schedule from Cornwall Airport Newquay with a programme that features its newest route to Heathrow Airport. The year-round service to and from Heathrow Terminal 2 and operated by 78-seat Q400 aircraft, offers four flights a day, seven days a week.

 

Celebrations were held to mark the start of this important new service, starting with a breakfast hosted by the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.  Guests included the local MP for St Austell & Newquay, Steve Double; Cornwall Council’s Geoff Brown, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transport and Malcom Bell, CEO of Visit Cornwall who, together with leading members of the business community, then flew to Heathrow.

 

On arrival, the group met up with Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling and Flybe CEO, Christine Ourmières-Widener for a joint visit to a special stand hailing ‘all things Cornish’. This featured information of interest being made available both to potential leisure and business customers and complimentary goody bags being offered to passengers transiting through Heathrow Terminal 2; The Queen’s Terminal.

 

Mr 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.”

 

Ms Ourmières-Widener commented: “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.”

 

In further comment on the new route, Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transport, Geoff Brown said that ‘the new route to the capital operated under a Public Service Obligation negotiated by Cornwall Council and supported by the government, will provide passengers with hundreds of links to global destinations opening up new travel and business opportunities’.

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.”

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.”

 

Schedule for Flybe’s new daily service Newquay(NQY)to London Heathrow(LHR)

Dep NQY 0720  Arr LHR 0830           Dep LHR 0915  Arr NQY 1025

Dep NQY 1055  Arr LHR 1205           Dep LHR 1245  Arr NQY 1355

Dep NQY 1430  Arr LHR 1540           Dep LHR 1620  Arr NQY 1730

Dep NQY 1845  Arr LHR 1955           Dep LHR 2040  Arr NQY 2150

Booking available now at www.flybe.com or through local travel agents

 

In total, Flybe’s 2019 Summer schedule features 10 routes with a choice of up to 126 flights a week to and from Cornwall Airport Newquay: Belfast City (Wed/Sat peak summer); Birmingham (up to 7 flights a week); Doncaster Sheffield (Tue/Thurs/Sat peak summer); Edinburgh (Wed/Sat peak summer); Glasgow (Tue/Sat peak summer); Leeds Bradford (Tue/Fri/Sun); Liverpool (Wed/Sat peak summer); London Heathrow (4xday); Manchester up to 2 flights a day) and Newcastle (Sat peak summer).