The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling recently announced an increase in the number of return flights between Newquay airport in Cornwall and London Heathrow, providing additional connectivity for the South West and flexibility for business in Cornwall. The flights provided by Flybe are a response to customer demand for the service, as London flights now account for 40% of all passengers using Cornwall Airport Newquay.
With more interest in Cornwall as a result of the recent announcement of a Spaceport in Newquay, this new route will also support businesses wanting to expand into the region. AeroSpace Cornwall is working closely with Spaceport Cornwall to create an aerospace and space cluster of national importance, and the direct route to Heathrow will enhance access to and from Cornwall. This announcement further supports the development of trade in technology around the UK and globally.
The direct route to Heathrow will also provide much-improved access to Central London via the Heathrow Express service – perfect for businesses needing access to city quickly and efficiently.
James Fairbairn, Business Engagement Manager at AeroSpace Cornwall stated: “Our business and manufacturing community in Cornwall will be delighted with this announcement, as we seek to grow our region’s supply chain connectivity. It’s crucial for our local economy to have a direct link to the UK’s main international airport and this is a firm acknowledgment of the significant role Cornwall has in space and aerospace.”
Chris Grayling stated: “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.”
Cornwall Airport Newquay’s Managing Director, Al Titterington, added: “We have been working for many years to make sure that Cornwall Airport Newquay has direct access to Europe’s busiest hub, and with this new service it opens not just a connection to the UK’s leading gateway, but also the world. By having direct flights to Heathrow, it grows the strength of Newquay and Cornwall’s brand abroad, which is great for the local business community and those wanting to visit our beautiful county.”