Regional airline Flybe has announced it will launch direct flights between Cornwall Airport Newquay (CAN) and Heathrow on 31 March 2019 following years of development.
The four daily flights will replace Flybe’s existing service to Gatwick, which is operating under a Public Service Obligation agreement. They will be served by 78-seat Q400 aircraft.
Flights from CAN depart at 0720, 1055, 1430 and 1845 with a journey time of one hour and ten minutes. Return services leave Heathrow at 0915, 1245, 1620 and 2040.
Al Titterington, MD of CAN, said the airport had seen a 12.8 per cent increase in passengers utilising the Gatwick route in the first eight months of 2018, and that the new route to Heathrow – which includes one daily flight more than the current Gatwick service – will continue to see growing demand.
Titterington commented: “This is fantastic news for the airport, region and the greater South West of the UK. We have been working for many years to make sure that CAN 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.”
John Holland Kaye, CEO at Heathrow airport, said: “We are delighted to secure a more regular service to Newquay, connecting exporters from Cornwall to global markets through Heathrow and making it easier for inward investors, tourists and students from all over the world to get there. Following the successful launch in 2016 of an Inverness service, the UK’s two furthest mainland airports will now be connected to the UK’s biggest port.”