£2.5m funding boost for Newquay to London Gatwick air route

October 30th, 2014

Great news for visitors to luxury cottages in Cornwall who like to travel by plane from London as news is revealed of a new four year, £2.5m government funding deal for flights between Newquay Cornwall Airport and London Gatwick.

Cornwall Council will additionally adding £300,000 to the development, alongside The Department of Transport’s £2.5 million.

Tour operated for the airport, Flybe, have cited that around 100,000 passengers are anticipated to make the most of the route annually for a number of reasons including business, leisure.

Users of the service can expect to have use of three flights each way operating during the week, as well as two weekend rotations. Flight times will be scheduled to work around a convenient timetable 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.”