MIAMI — Newquay Airport has confirmed yet another exciting service from Cornish Airport. Flybe franchise partner, Stobart Air, will add year-round services to London-Southend starting on the 1st of April 2019.
This will complement the airline’s upcoming new service to London-Heathrow, which will start on March 31st, 2019.
Flown under the Flybe brand, five weekly flights will initially be offered, before then increasing to a daily service on May 1st, in time for the start of the peak summer season.
Utilising the airline’s 72-seat ATR 72s, the new link will increase the number of weekly seats being flown between Cornwall Newquay Airport and London next summer by 11.5%.
This new route comes at a good time for Newquay airport with its upcoming new service to London-Heathrow set to be a huge boost for Cornwall’s main international airport.
Commenting on the announcement, Al Titterington, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay said, “It is great to see that further capacity will be added to the capital for 2019 thanks to Stobart Air’s decision to open direct flights to London Southend.”
Informing more on the current market between Cornwall Newquay Airport and the UK capital, Titterington states, “During the first eight months of 2018 over 119,000 passengers have flown between CAN and Gatwick, a 12.8% increase over the same period of 2017. With the market between Cornwall and London continuing to go from strength-to-strength this new service comes at the perfect time.”
A good time for Cornwall
In recent years, Europe’s Number-one low-cost carrier, Ryanair, has increased its flights to Alicante (Spain), which are now operating on a year-round basis, along with seasonal summer flights to Faro (Portugal).
Commenting on the start of this extra new service to London, Ciarán Smith, Network Development Manager of Stobart Air noted how “Cornwall Airport Newquay is already a great partner of the airline thanks to our existing services from the Airport to Dublin and Cork, flown under the Aer Lingus Regional brand, so we are thrilled to add further capacity with this new London Southend link, flown under our Flybe franchise.”
“The capital is currently underserved from the Airport, so we are thrilled to launch this route, not only opening further options for people going directly to London, but also offering the people in the capital, plus Essex and throughout the East of England, a better choice when traveling to Cornwall.”
This route between Cornwell and London-Southend replaces a previously flown link by Flybe from Newquay Airport to London-Stansted.
Stobart Air is not only restoring this vital link to an Airport in the East of the capital, which boasts quicker rail access to Central London than Stansted, it also provides better access to Essex and the East Coast along with its flying schedule also provides passengers with a much more frequent and consistent timetable.
London’s Favourite Airport
London-Southend has recently been ranked the capital’s favorite airport for the sixth year in a row.
With passengers able to transit from their arriving aircraft onto a London bound train in 15 minutes or less, and with regular trains to London’s Stratford and Liverpool stations, Cornwall Newquay Airport customers can expect to be in the City of London from touch down at London Southend in just over an hour.