Cornwall Newquay resumes Skybus flights to Isles of Scilly

Cornwall Airport Newquay has said that Skybus flights to the Isles of Scilly will be reintroduced in this spring season.

Flights from Newquay have been on hold recently owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting UK lockdowns.

Stuart Reid, Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group which operates Skybus fixed-wing flight services, said: ‘We are excited to be reintroducing Skybus flights for our popular Newquay route. The service will add choice for passengers wishing to visit the Isles of Scilly in addition to our existing services from Land’s End Airport and Exeter Airport.’

Isles of Scilly Travel is resuming its Skybus services from Newquay on May 1, with scheduled flights available to book until October 23. Bookings are now open for Newquay routes at www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk.

Pete Downes, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay, added: ‘We’re delighted that Skybus are able to start reintroducing services between Newquay and the Isles of Scilly as we follow the roadmap to recovery. We recognise how important these lifeline services are for the islands’ population, as well as for connecting leisure passengers from across the UK when tourism is able to restart. We have made significant progress in rebuilding our network, and I’m delighted that Isles of Scilly residents will be able to share the benefits of this.’

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport remarked: ‘The return of the Skybus service will boost connectivity for the islands’ residents and, as we move towards the lifting of restrictions, support the local economy as visitors once again return to enjoy all the Isles of Scilly has to offer.’

easyJet to launch new routes between Cornwall and Manchester, Glasgow

easyJet has said that it is planning to launch two new domestic routes between Cornwall Airport Newquay and Manchester and Glasgow, the airline’s first ever route between Cornwall and Scotland.

The new flights to Manchester will operate up to five times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from June 21, 2021 and to Glasgow twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the peak summer season from June 29, 2021, providing customers in the Southwest with direct connections to the North West and Scotland in around 90 minutes. Seats are now on sale at easyJet.com with fares starting from £22.99.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘We know that people want to travel as soon as they can and as soon as it is safe to do so and so we want to ensure they have even more destinations to choose from when making a booking for this summer.

‘And while we remain optimistic for summer travel, given the successful roll out of the vaccination programme which will be an important trigger for the Government to begin to unwind some restrictions, our Protection Promise means that customers can book with confidence knowing that if they are unable to travel or their plans change so can their flights or holiday. And unlike other airlines we will offer customers refunds if they are impacted by a travel ban, even if their flight is not cancelled, which is industry leading.

Pete Downes, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay, said: ‘Domestic tourism is a vital driver of Cornwall’s visitor economy, and I’m confident that these new services announced by easyJet will be warmly welcomed by all those who are looking ahead with hope to the prospect of a UK staycation this summer.

‘The addition by easyJet of over 30,000 seats to and from Cornwall Airport Newquay will not only help those in Scotland and North West England rediscover Cornwall’s enduring appeal with stunning coastlines and world class cuisine, it will also build on our work to reinstate connectivity for local residents and businesses, which remains vital to the South West’s recovery from the pandemic.’

All flights and holidays are subject to flexible policies under its ‘Protection Promise’, including a Refund Guarantee for flights if they are cancelled, and with the Travel Ban Protection customers can also receive a refund for non-cancelled flights if plans are impacted by travel bans in a regional or national lockdown; the Freedom To Change flights without a fee up to 14 days before departure; and if quarantine measures come in to place last minute, the Quarantine Assurance would mean impacted flights can be changed without a change fee.

Cornwall Airport Newquay announces Summer 2021 services

Cornwall Airport Newquay is preparing to welcome passengers back to the Airport announcing connections around the UK, Europe and beyond, for Summer 2021.

While Cornwall Airport currently remains closed, the teams at the Airport and Cornwall Council have been working with the Department for Transport to ensure a safe reopening once lockdown restrictions are lifted. The new four-year London PSO (public service obligation) route is expected to be announced in the coming weeks and will commence operations on March 28 2021. The teams are working to ensure the London route serves both Cornish residents travelling to London for business and leisure and inbound tourists to the Cornish coastline.

When the Airport reopens, Ryanair will resume its popular routes to Alicante and Faro in March. Cornwall Airport is also expecting the return of the Aer Lingus route to Dublin, as well as the Eastern Airways’ routes to Manchester, Teesside and Leeds-Bradford.

In addition, Cornwall’s newest airline partner Loganair is expected to commence operations in March. The Scottish airline will be reconnecting Cornwall to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle and Aberdeen as well as operating routes to Manchester and Teesside alongside the current Eastern Airways services.

Later in the summer, Blue Islands will return to the Airport to operate routes to Jersey and Guernsey, providing a link for holidaymakers wishing to visit the Channel Islands or Cornwall.

Further, the Airport is expected to resume its European connections to Dusseldorf (with Eurowings) and Copenhagen (with SAS) this summer. The route to the Isles of Scilly with operator Skybus will now have a codeshare agreement with Loganair, making Scilly more accessible than ever before for customers.

The summer 2021 schedule at Cornwall Airport Newquay will be expanded to include more popular destinations as new announcements are expected throughout the coming months, the Airport said.

Cornwall Airport Newquay announces successful restart of operations, to add more flights in 2021

Cornwall Airport Newquay, which has reopened in early July, has announced a successful restart of its operations and the expansion of services.

With flight services to London Heathrow, Teesside, Leeds-Bradford, Faro and Alicante resuming in July, the airport has served more than 7,000 passengers in August.

British Airways has carried nearly 5,000 passengers on the new London Heathrow service since it began operations in late July, while Eastern Airways has increased aircraft capacity and the frequency of flights following high demand since launching the new routes to Teesside and Leeds after the reopening of the airport.

Pete Downes, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay commented: ‘We’re really pleased to see the number of passengers travelling through Cornwall Airport Newquay start to rise in August, as we see more and more customers feeling confident to travel by air with the extensive measures we have in place to keep them safe. The Airport has played a key role in bringing in tourists to Cornwall from across the UK, as well as providing services for Cornish residents wishing to travel outside of Cornwall for holidays or to see family and friends this summer.’

He added: ‘We’re hoping to see a return of flights between Newquay and Dublin this October, operated by Aer Lingus, and we are still working hard to reinstate the important link to Manchester as soon as possible.’

Flights to London Heathrow, Teesside, Leeds-Bradford and Alicante will continue throughout winter, offering connections across the UK as well as some winter sun destinations, the airport said.

In 2021, Scottish Airline Loganair will commence routes to Edinburgh, Newcastle, Glasgow and Aberdeen from Newquay in the spring. While it was originally scheduled to commence operation in spring 2020, Loganair will now start operations in 2021. Further, Channel Islands airline Blue Islands has also confirmed to return next summer with its popular route to Jersey.

British Airways to resume year round services between Newquay and Heathrow

Cornwall Airport has said that its air links with London will resume on Friday July 24, with British Airways operating services between Newquay and Heathrow.

British Airways will initially begin operating three flights a week in July, increasing to five a week in August and daily from September. The service will operate under a Public Service Obligation, which provides financial support, if required, to ensure the route is maintained year-round. Tickets are available at www.ba.com.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown, said: ‘I welcome the arrival of British Airways in Cornwall to operate our key route between Newquay and London. This PSO service not only protects Cornwall’s links with London, but will also offer excellent connectivity around the world into the future.

‘While it is vital for our residents and business community that direct flights between Newquay and London are reinstated, we are taking a measured approach at this time and I am pleased that British Airways has recognised the importance of a phased return of the London service.’

Pete Downes, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay said: ‘The London route forms the cornerstone of our recovery strategy at Cornwall Airport Newquay. In securing a British Airways service to Heathrow, I’m confident we have the fantastic airline partner and London gateway that Cornwall deserves.’

Separately, Cornwall Airport Newquay said that its newest airline partner, Eastern Airways, has commenced operation between Cornwall and Teesside International. The route will operate initially on Mondays and Fridays. Eastern Airways will also be operating flights between Cornwall and Leeds-Bradford, restoring the popular route later on this week. Flights are bookable now at easternairways.com

Commercial flights were set to resume at Cornwall Airport Newquay from July 4, as new measures have been put in place to ensure safety for passengers and staff. Temperature screening has been introduced at the terminal building and anyone over the age of 11 will have to wear a face covering. Passenger flow around the airport has been re-worked to support social distancing, and enhanced cleaning regimes have been introduced.

Eastern Airways announces second new route from Cornwall Airport Newquay

Eastern Airways has said that it will be operating a second new route from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Leeds-Bradford from July.

The route will commence on July 9, 2020 and will operate daily, Monday to Friday. An additional Sunday service is due will be added from late July. The UK-regional airline had last Friday announced a three times weekly operation to Teesside International Airport. Flights are bookable now at www.easternairways.com.

Pete Downes, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay, commented, ‘This announcement by Eastern Airways of a second new route to Cornwall Airport Newquay is fantastic news. It demonstrates a real vote of confidence in our region, and of the potential for domestic air travel to begin its recovery. With flights every weekday, the schedule will cater well for both business and leisure passengers.

Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ General Manager Commercial & Operations, said: ‘As a UK regional airline, our business is to connect the various business and tourism sectors which are vital to the economic recovery of the UK. We’re extremely pleased to serve Newquay re-establishing a link from Leeds Bradford as a time when UK travel begins to return for the summer peak. Our service will save valuable travel time connecting the Cornish coast with Yorkshire.’

The Cornwall – Yorkshire route has been a popular connection for several years and the reinstatement of the route will be particularly welcomed by many after the loss of the Flybe service when the company collapsed in March. Flights will take just over an hour, saving a road journey time of almost 7-hours, the airport said.

Eastern Airways announces new Newquay-Teesside route

Eastern Airways has said that it will operate a new route between Cornwall Airport Newquay and Teesside International Airport, commencing July 6, 2020.

The route will be operated up to three times per week, initially running on Mondays and Fridays, with an additional Sunday service added from later July. The new route marks a successful start in Cornwall Airport Newquay’s route network recovery after the impact of COVID-19 and the collapse of regional airline Flybe.

This latest route news follows the airline saying last week that it is resuming flying on a number of routes across the UK from 22 June. From Teesside, the airline will operate daily Monday to Friday services to Aberdeen and Belfast City from June 22, with the route running from the North East to London City commencing on July 6.

Pete Downes, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay, commented, ‘We’re delighted that Eastern Airways will be launching services between Cornwall Airport Newquay and Teesside this summer. Given the long distance and journey time of existing transport modes, improving air connectivity between Cornwall and the North of England is vitally important in supporting the recovery of our visitor economy and wider business community, not just as lockdown restrictions begin to ease, but over the long term. We look forward to working with Eastern to make the route a success.’

Roger Hage, General Manager Commercial and Operations, Eastern Airways added ‘As a UK regional airline we are all about connecting the various business and tourism sectors which are vital to the economic recovery of the UK, so delighted to take this first step in serving Newquay from the North-East of England when UK travel begins to return for the summer peak. This will offer a quick and easy Cornish staycation destination to our growing Teesside International network.’

As Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted, services will be carefully re-introduced with extensive cleaning measures on-board and throughout the airport. A full anti-bacterial wipe down of all touch points between every service operated and also a comprehensive aircraft night-stop sanitisation will be implemented. Initially Eastern Airways’ usual complimentary on-board service will be limited to ensure reduced customer contact, the airline noted.

Loganair announces new route from Newcastle to Cornwall Airport Newquay

Loganair has announced a new service to Cornwall Airport Newquay as part of expanding its network at Newcastle Airport.

Set to launch on April 1, 2020, the new route from Newcastle to Newquay will enhance connectivity between the North East of England and the South West, with fares from £69.99 one way. All Loganair fares include a free checked baggage allowance, allocated seating and complimentary in-flight refreshments.

The Newcastle route is a year-round service, with four flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Saturday services will operate from May to September and there will be additional flights on Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays in July and August, taking the service up to daily. Tickets are available for booking now.

Loganair Managing Director Jonathan Hinkles said: ‘We’re excited by these new routes which we’ve been working for some time to develop at just the right level. With more and more people holidaying in the UK, avoiding expensive Euro exchange rates or enjoying a staycation with friends and family we’re confident that the routes will do well.

‘The growing economic links between the North East of England and Cornwall mean we’re confident that business demand will sustain the year-round service.’

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘It is great news that Loganair continue to expand their network from Newcastle with the addition of a route to Newquay in Cornwall. Cornwall is an iconic British holiday destination and I am confident that this will be a very popular addition for our North East travelling public.

‘As one of the airport’s newest airlines, this is the sixth route that Loganair have announced in 2019 alongside Aberdeen, Brussels, Stavanger, Guernsey and Bergen.’

Loganair launched its services at Newcastle in March with routes to Brussels and Stavanger. Since then the airline has added frequent flights to Aberdeen and has announced routes to Bergen and Guernsey for Summer 2020. The airline bases two Embraer Regional Jets at Newcastle, the airport said.

SAS introduces new service from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Copenhagen

Scandinavian airline, SAS, has recently said that it will start operations from Cornwall Airport Newquay in summer 2019.

Commencing on June 28, 2019, the airline will operate its first route connecting Cornwall directly with Copenhagen. Tickets start from £82 each way, or from £153 return, including taxes and charges.

Copenhagen has a reputation as being amongst the happiest places in the world, according to studies. Flights from Newquay will operate on Monday and Fridays in each direction, with flights departing Newquay at 7.05pm, arriving into Copenhagen at 10.10pm, and returning from Copenhagen at 5pm, arriving into Newquay at 6.25pm.

The new service follows on from the airline’s route launch between London Stansted and Copenhagen in April. With the service, SAS operates direct routes to the Danish capital from seven UK airports – including from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

Commenting on the move, Al Titterington, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay said: ‘This is a route not only for the many Scandinavians wanting to explore Cornwall and the South West of the UK, but also for our local catchment, which now have flights designed perfectly for an extended weekend break in one of Europe’s coolest capital cities.’

Niko Ek, general manager for SAS Europe, added: ‘We delighted to launch this brand new route for summer 2019, both to offer residents of SW England an exciting new direct destination to explore, and to bring Scandinavian tourists into such a beautiful region of England. We look forward to welcoming travellers on board our new flight’.

The new service opens a direct link between Cornwall and Denmark bringing Copenhagen within a two-hour flight from Cornwall. It also allows passengers to connect onto a network of over 70 onward destinations in Europe, Asia and North America.

Flybe commences new flight service from Heathrow to Cornwall

Flybe has commenced a new route connecting Heathrow and Cornwall Airport Newquay.

The new year-round service will operate four flights a day, seven days a week. The service will be operated from Heathrow Terminal 2: The Queens Terminal, using a 78-seat Q400 aircraft.

Commenting on the start of this new service, Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling said: ‘The new route from Cornwall to our national hub airport offers significant opportunities for local businesses and people and will help boost tourism across the South West. It’s great to see this new route launched with help from the government, as we work to build a better connected UK.’

Ross Baker, Chief Commercial Officer at Heathrow said: ‘This route highlights our commitment to domestic connectivity and it is fantastic to welcome this regular service between Newquay and Heathrow. Joining our regions to the UK’s only hub airport marks a fantastic opportunity for many including exporters from Cornwall now connecting to global markets and inward investors, tourists and students from all over the world. Now they can all experience the wonders the region has to offer in a much easier and convenient way.’

With the new service, Flybe will operate 10 routes in total from Cornwall Airport Newquay.

Flybe CEO, Christine Ourmieres-Widener added: ‘We are delighted to celebrate with our partners the start of our new Heathrow service from Newquay. There has been an overwhelmingly positive response from customers since we announced the route. It offers multiple choices for onward connections to and from the rest of the world from the UK’s busiest airport – and also on to our own routes there to and from Aberdeen and Edinburgh, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.’

Cornwall Airport Newquay’s Managing Director, Al Titterington, said: ‘It’s fantastic that all our hard work to make sure that Cornwall Airport Newquay has direct access to Europe’s busiest hub has finally come to fruition. The worldwide connectivity that this brings opens up a world of opportunity for Cornwall.

‘Now we have direct flights to Heathrow, we will see the strength of Newquay and Cornwall’s brand abroad grow even further, helping to attract more valuable international tourism to our beautiful county.’