Newquay airport to start flights to Heathrow
Islanders and visitors will be able to fly directly from Newquay to Heathrow from next April.
The introduction of direct flights between Cornwall Airport Newquay and London Heathrow was revealed by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in the House of Commons.
He said: “Passengers across Cornwall and the South West will enjoy more daily return flights to the capital than ever before, flying directly into Heathrow - the UK’s major international airport.
“This new route between Cornwall Airport Newquay and Heathrow Airport, supported by the Government, will provide passengers with hundreds of links to global destinations opening up new travel and business opportunities.”
The route is part of the new Public Service Obligation jointly funded by Cornwall Council and the Department for Transport, each of which will pay up to £1.7 million per year subsidy for the first four years.
Flybe will operate four return journeys per day between Newquay and Heathrow's Terminal 2, which offers onward connections to more than 200 global destinations. The current daily link with Gatwick, which is also subsidised, will end.
Cornwall Council’s Leader Adam Paynter said: “This sends a strong message that Cornwall is open for business. Having four 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."
Ryanair recently announced that it is to fly from Exeter Airport from next summer.