Newquay to London Gatwick air route receives £2.5m funding
Marvellous stuff coming out of Cornwall this week as news broke of a new four year, £2.5m government funding deal for flights between Newquay Cornwall Airport and Gatwick.
The public service obligation will continue the crucial transport link which contributes millions of pounds to the Cornwall economy.
Cornwall Council will be providing £300,000, alongside The Department of Transport’s £2.5 million.
Operated by Flybe, around 100,000 passengers are expected to utilise the route every year for business, leisure and even travelling to our caravan parks in Cornwall.
Three flights each way will operate during the week with two weekend rotations. Flight times will work around a convenient schedule for a full working day at either destination.
St Austell & Newquay MP, Stephen Gilbert, said: "This is the culmination of months of hard work to make the case that Cornwall does need a route into London.”
"It is worth about £30m a year to the Cornish economy with about 3,000 jobs directly dependent on that route."
Robert Goodwill, UK Aviation Minister, added: “Keeping our regions connected with London is a vital part of our long term economic plan. That is why we have worked so hard with Cornwall Council to protect the route to Newquay and make sure we do all we can to support the local area.”
Will this news affect the way you travel to your caravan holidays in Cornwall? Have you used this flight route before? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!