Winter connections from Cornwall Airport Newquay added by Flybe

Bernie Baldwin

Cornwall Airport Newquay (CAN) is to once again have services operated by Flybe from October 2022, with direct services to both London and Manchester.

The revived brand is launching a 12-times weekly connection (double-daily Monday to Friday) to London Heathrow, while also adding a daily rotation to Manchester. With both year-round routes being operated with 78-seat Dash 8-400 aircraft, this additional 1,485 weekly domestic seats from CAN during the winter season, commencing at the end of October 2022.

Maintaining non-stop access to Europe’s busiest hub, and increasing links to the heart of northwest England, is a major development for the Cornish airport, according to Sam O’Dwyer, managing director, CAN. “These new routes will add much needed extra capacity as well as additional options for passengers on two of our major markets,” the MD remarks.

In the wake of this announcement, however, Loganair has decided to withdraw from CAN. MD Jonathan Hinkles explained: “We’ve taken the decision to suspend all of our winter flights to and from Cornwall Airport Newquay in light of the airport management’s decision to incentivise unsustainable operations by other airlines.

“With fuel prices remaining stubbornly high, inflation rising and consumer confidence faltering across the economy, we simply don’t see scope for our flights to Manchester, Edinburgh and Newcastle to remain viable,” Hinkles added.

The other carriers in the airport’s portfolio are Aer Lingus, British Airways, Eastern Airways, easyJet, Edelweiss, Eurowings, Ryanair and Skybus.

Meanwhile, having returned to the skies under new ownership in early 2022, the reborn Flybe aims to take UK connectivity to a new era in a responsible and sustainable way, says CEO, Dave Pflieger. “We’re delighted to begin flights to and from Cornwall Airport Newquay, connecting one of the UK’s most popular year-round leisure destinations,” he adds.

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