Transport Secretary announces new flights between Cornwall and Heathrow

Potential for over 170,000 passengers to travel on the new route every year

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Today (22 November 2018) speaking in the House of Commons, the Secretary of State for Transport announced that people across the South West will benefit from a new direct air route between Newquay and Heathrow Airport from April 2019.

This new service builds on the government’s commitment of joining the nations and regions of the UK with Heathrow Airport. The introduction of 4 new daily return flights between Cornwall and Heathrow will ensure passengers now have even greater range of choice for when and where to fly.

Regional airports like Cornwall Airport Newquay play an important role, delivering domestic and international connections that help passengers travel further and link businesses to global trade partners.

The public service obligation which allows this route to run is jointly funded by a government and Cornwall Council initiative and will give passengers a choice of more than 200 destinations across 85 countries. The new flights will replace existing services that operate between Cornwall Airport Newquay and Gatwick Airport.

Airlines flying to any UK destination from Heathrow will continue to benefit from £15 discount on airport charges, making it cheaper to fly within the UK than ever before. This is just one element in a package of measures Heathrow is implementing to support more domestic flights within the UK.

This new route is a clear example of the government’s own ambitions as it works to ensure all regions of the UK are well served by airports and routes to the rest of the country.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:

"The government has been clear that maintaining and enhancing air routes that help bring together the UK, is one of the key benefits of any expansion at Heathrow.

"This new route will see the people of the south-west profit from a direct connection into our national hub airport even before it expands, building on the government’s ongoing commitment to the Newquay route, protecting choice and strengthening trade and travel opportunities for the whole UK."

Cornwall Airport Newquay’s Managing Director, Al Titterington, said:

"We have been working for many years to make sure that Cornwall Airport Newquay has direct access to Europe’s busiest hub, and with this new service it opens not just a connection to the UK’s leading gateway, but also the world.

"By having direct flights to Heathrow, it grows the strength of Newquay and Cornwall’s brand abroad, which is great for the local business community and those wanting to visit our beautiful county."

John Holland Kaye, CEO at Heathrow airport said:

"We are delighted to secure a more regular service to Newquay, connecting exporters from Cornwall to global markets through Heathrow and making it easier for inward investors, tourists and students from all over the world to get there.

"Following the successful launch in 2016 of an Inverness service, the UK’s 2 furthest mainland airports will now be connected to the UK’s biggest port."

Cornwall Council’s Leader Adam Paynter said:

"This sends a strong message that Cornwall is open for business. Having 4 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 agreement will help businesses plan ahead as well as creating more opportunities to do business across the globe. This service will provide connections directly to 160 of the globe’s most economically important cities, unlocking opportunities for tourism and trade.

"This will further enable Cornwall to do business with the rest of the world – and the rest of the world to do business with Cornwall."

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