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 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.