easyJet launches two new routes to Jersey and Newquay, and more seats from Birmingham Airport

easyJet has recently announced the launch of two new domestic routes to Jersey and Newquay from Birmingham Airport

The airline will launch operations from Birmingham with new flights to Jersey and Newquay and fares starting from £22.99. The airline has also added thousands of additional seats on its existing route from Birmingham to Belfast International from July 3, operating six times a week.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, commented: ‘We know our customers can’t wait to be reunited with friends and family or have more opportunity to explore the UK so the new routes from Birmingham should prove popular and will further strengthen our UK domestic network providing customers with even more choice.

‘We also know it is important to our customers to be reunited with loved ones overseas so we continue to urge the UK government to add more countries to the Green list – which can be done safely – to make this possible.

‘We continue to have some of the most flexible policies currently in place so customers can book with confidence and change their plans if they need to, making travel as easy as possible this summer.’

Nick Barton, CEO of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great news that EasyJet is offering twice weekly flights to Jersey and Newquay from Birmingham Airport for summer 2021. Newquay and Jersey do not fall under the government traffic light system as they are both classed as domestic within the common travel area, giving ease and flexibility for those needing to holiday or travel for business. These domestic summer sun routes complement the existing Belfast International, Edinburgh and Glasgow services that EasyJet currently offers from Birmingham and we’re pleased that this valued airline customer is expanding its operation for Midlanders.’

easyJet is offering flexible booking policies under its ‘Protection Promise’ scheme. Customers will now be able to change their flights this summer without a change fee, at any time up to two hours before departure, or request a voucher. There are no restrictions on dates or destination; customers can transfer to any flights currently on sale up to the end of September 2022.

British Airways launches new services from Belfast with routes to Exeter, Leeds Bradford, Newquay and Glasgow

British Airways has announced the launch of four new domestic routes from Belfast this summer, providing key links between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK at a time when booking a holiday abroad remains uncertain.

Over the next few months, the airline will start to operate 18 flights a week between George Best Belfast City Airport and Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford and Newquay airports.

Starting from June 16, 2021, British Airways will operate flights from Belfast City to Exeter on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and to Leeds Bradford on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The airline will operate services from Belfast City to Cornwall Newquay starting from July 3, 2021, twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday; while the new Belfast City- Glasgow service will be operated starting August 2, 2021 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

The new routes will run alongside existing British Airways services between Belfast and London City and London Heathrow airports. The additional services will be operated using BA CityFlyer’s existing fleet of Embraer 190 aircraft. Customers can book via ba.com, with return fares from Belfast to these new destinations starting from £48 each way.

Tom Stoddart, Managing Director of BA CityFlyer, which will operate the new routes, said: ‘We’re delighted to announce these new services from Belfast, which will enhance our regional network and maintain vital connections between Northern Ireland and other key UK destinations.

‘We’re sure these routes will be popular with customers getting away for a UK holiday this summer, as well as those visiting friends and relatives, and we’ll continue to listen to their feedback about where they want to travel.’

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, said: ‘Continuity on these services is excellent news for domestic connectivity to and from Northern Ireland. Operated by Embraer 190 jets, these routes will greatly complement the existing British Airways services to London Heathrow and London City enabling passengers to enjoy the excellent British Airways experience to a greater number of destinations.’

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.’

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.

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.

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.’

Eurowings announces new service between Newquay and Stuttgart

Eurowings, a budget airline and part of Lufthansa, is set to add a Newquay-Stuttgart route to its portfolio with a once weekly flight every Saturday as of March 31, 2018.

The new weekly route will run for summer 2018. The flight will depart from Stuttgart at 08:25 and will arrive at Newquay at 10:25. The flight from Newquay departs at 10:55 and will reach Stuttgart at 12:50.

The new flight comes as Eurowings continues to increase connectivity between Cornwall and Germany. In addition, the airline has extended the season of its Newquay to Dusseldorf route, which is also operating each Saturday, to October 20. In total Eurowings will operate two routes from Newquay Airport next summer.

Markus Leopold, Regional Manager UK at Eurowings, said: ‘We are delighted to add Stuttgart, our second route here to our Newquay summer schedule and also expand the seasonality of our existing route to Dusseldorf. There is a growing demand from Newquay to Germany and vice versa and we are looking forward to see even more Eurowings in Cornwall in the future.’

Al Titterington, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay added, ‘We’re pleased to be welcoming an expanded route network with Eurowings for 2018. The addition of Stuttgart as well as the expanded season on their popular Dusseldorf route illustrates the strong demand for easy access to Cornwall from the German market and is a result of the positive relationship we have built with Eurowings. We’re delighted that our network of direct connections to Germany is expanding, offering more choice for passengers wishing to travel between Cornwall and Germany.’

The new Eurowings flights between Newquay and Stuttgart can be booked at www.eurowings.com or via the Eurowings app. Holidaymakers are also offered the option to book budget package holidays on the website through the Eurowings Holidays tour operator. These combine the new flight options with hotel offers, Cornwall Airport said in its release.

Cornwall Airport Newquay has registered a significant increase in its passenger traffic this summer. The airport handled a record 61,000 passengers during August, an increase of 30 percent. The airport growth this summer is more than triple the EU average of eight percent and will reach its 600,000 to 650,000 annual capacity limits, the airport noted.


Cornwall Council considers transforming Newquay Airport into concert venue

Cornwall Council is considering options to help balance the books at the loss-making Newquay Airport, including making it a rock concert venue, the BBC has reported.

UKIP councillor, Harry Blakeley, suggested that the airport could be converted into a concert venue, and could also host go-kart racing and other activities.

The suggestion comes as passenger numbers at the airport fell for a fifth year in a row last year, to 174,000, down from 431,000 in 2008/9.

A former military base, the airport had a major setback when Ryanair and Air Southwest withdrew their flights in 2011. The airport’s link with Gatwick is also set to end in the autumn when Flybe ends its operations, after saying that the service is not viable.

While Cornwall Council, the airport’s owner, said that space was limited at the airport, Councillor Blakeley said it was ‘big enough’ for concerts. He also suggested kite boarding.

Councillor Adam Paynter, cabinet member for partnerships, which helps oversee the airport, said they would consider the proposal.

However, Paynter added: ‘The total acreage is about 861 acres – it is a big area but a lot is the Enterprise Zone which is 650 acres and 231 acres is development land, occupied by commercial companies and 87 acres is the solar park.

‘We also get paid by the government to stay open as an emergency airfield. The runway is one of the largest in the country so any plane can land there.’

Health and safety problems make it very difficult for the airport to host thousands of people at a concert, he said, adding: ‘The difficulty is keeping people apart from the commercial activities.’

The airport has already hosted car shows, eco-car races, police driver training and has been used for filming TV and commercials, the report noted.

easyJet terminates flights from Southend to Edinburgh and Newquay

UK-based budget airline, EasyJet, has scrapped flights to Edinburgh and Newquay from London Southend Airport, Echo News has reported.

The airline is also cutting back on its trips to Jersey and will now only operate four a week. The move follows easyJet’s announcement in August that it will scrap flights to Belfast, on January 5.

The airline and the airport did not reveal the reasons behind the route closures.

In its statement, easyJet said: ‘Southend continues to be a successful base for easyJet and we will continue to focus the flying schedule there on the routes with the greatest demand.’

David Lister, airport operations director, said: ‘Since easyJet opened its base here in March 2012, it has enjoyed huge success with some of the highest customer satisfaction levels across its European network recorded here.

‘This summer they added an additional aircraft to the base and have consistently expanded the number of destinations on offer from Southend. We look forward to continuing and growing this relationship.’

Flights to the Scottish capital have been running since May. The inaugural flight to Edinburgh was on May 2, 2013, with year round flights running six days a week, every day except Saturday, with fares from as little as £27.49 one way, including taxes. The Newquay route was launched in June this year and carried almost 8,000 passengers in the summer.

An easyJet spokesman said: ‘The last Edinburgh flight from Southend is on June 14. About 5 per cent of our passengers flying in and out of Southend in 2013 used the Edinburgh services.’

In October, easyJet’s UK commercial manager, Hugh Aitken, said that an extra flight would be added in August 2014.

easyjet operates 25 flights to Edinburgh from other London airports. It has also recently started flying from Southend to Tenerife.


Flybe to maintain Newquay-Gatwick route until October

Flybe has announced that it will keep the Newquay-London route going until October 2014, The BBC has reported.

Cornwall’s only air link to London was set to be axed in March, and Flybe’s decision to keep the route operational has come about because no other firm came forward to run it. The decision is expected to give Cornwall Council time to arrange a public subsidy that will support and help run the troubled route from October onwards.

In October, the Department for Transport confirmed to Cornwall Council that the route was technically eligible for a subsidy that could amount to several million pounds each year.

In the meantime, Flybe has secured new slots, allowing its 78-seat planes to continue to fly from Newquay twice daily, morning and evening.

The terms of the ‘commercially sensitive’ deal have not been disclosed. If the complex arrangements can be made operational, the government will support an operator – not necessarily Flybe – to run the route for a four-year period, the BBC said.

The news has been widely accepted in the Duchy by business leaders, MPs and the local authority. However, Niall Duffy from Flybe said that the route was not viable without the subsidy.

‘This is a route that, without public subsidy, is not sustainable on a year-round basis,’ he said, adding: ‘If you look at Scotland, if you look at some parts of Wales, there are public subsidised routes that keep passengers on the move and I think London and the DfT need to seriously look at their commitment to rebalancing the economy.’

Cornwall councillor, Adam Paynter, said: ‘The air link between Newquay and London is vital for the economy of Cornwall.’

He said the airport was financially viable, and that the council would be working with Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the county’s MPs to secure the long-term future of a link to London.