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Gatwick Airport route to Cornwall saved after deal reached

Chris at the Gatwick Airport Easirent Car Hire branch is pleased the Cornwall route has been saved. 

Flights between Newquay and Gatwick Airport have been salvaged after a new four year deal for funding has been agreed. The public service obligation (PSO) will continue a link, which contributes millions of pounds to the Cornwall and South West economies.

Three flights each way will take place during the week with two weekend rotations. Around 100,000 passengers use the route every year for work or leisure. Exeter-based Flybe will operate the flights with the timings providing a convenient schedule for a full working day at either destination.

UK Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill said “Keeping our regions connected with London is a vital part of our long term economic plan. That is why we have worked so hard with Cornwall Council to protect the route to Newquay and make sure we do all we can to support the local area. Fast, frequent flights to the South West will unlock access to stunning landscapes and skilled businesses, benefiting the region and the UK as a whole.”

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: “The air link between Newquay and London is vital for Cornwall’s businesses, tourist industry and residents, so I created the Regional Air Connectivity Fund and fought for £2.5m for Newquay to ensure that this crucial service could continue.