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New links to Capital with new flight route

By Warren Wilkins 24th October 2018

New links to Capital with new flight route

NEWQUAY’S Cornwall Airport is set to grow its links to the capital in 2019.

Stobart Air, a Flybe franchise partner, will launch a year-round service between Newquay and London Southend on April 1, 2019, which will complement the carrier’s multi-daily link to London Gatwick.

Five weekly flights will initially be offered from the airport in Essex, before increasing to a daily service on 1 May, in time for the start of the peak summer season. Flown under the Flybe brand, the service will utilise the airline’s 72-seat ATR 72s.

The new link will increase the number of weekly seats being flown between Cornwall Airport Newquay and London next summer by 11.5%.

The route replaces the previously flown link by Flybe from Newquay airport to London Stansted.

But Stobart Air is not only restoring the link to an airport in the east of the capital, it will offer quicker rail access to central London than Stansted, as well as giving better access to Essex and the east coast.

It's flying schedule also provides passengers with a more frequent and consistent timetable.

Al Titterington, the managing director at Cornwall Airport Newquay said: “It is great to see that further capacity will be added to the capital for 2019 thanks to Stobart Air’s decision to open direct flights to London Southend.

“During the first eight months of 2018 over 119,000 passengers have flown between Newquay Airport and Gatwick, a 12.8% increase over the same period of 2017.
With the market between Cornwall and London continuing to go from strength-to-strength this new service comes at the perfect time.”

Ciarán Smith, the network development manager at Stobart Air, said: “Cornwall Airport Newquay is already a great partner of the airline thanks to our existing services from the Airport to Dublin and Cork, flown under the Aer Lingus Regional brand, so we are thrilled to add further capacity with this new London Southend link, flown under our Flybe franchise.

“The capital is currently underserved from the Airport, so we are thrilled to launch this route, not only opening further options for people going directly to London, but also offering the people in the capital, plus Essex and throughout the East of England, better choice when travelling to Cornwall.”

London Southend has been ranked the capital’s favourite Airport and Which? Best Airport for London, six years in a row.

With passengers able to get from aircraft to train in 15 minutes or less, and with regular trains to London’s Stratford and Liverpool stations, Cornwall Airport Newquay’s customers can expect to be in London from touch down at London Southend in just over an hour.

By Warren Wilkins 24th October 2018

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