I mentioned this briefly in my ‘breaking news’ article on the Virgin Atlantic takeover of Flybe on Thursday. I wanted to repeat it as that article was not emailed and you may have missed the line anyway.
The Government announced on Thursday that it will provide additional funding to allow the daily Newquay to London Gatwick service to switch to London Heathrow from 31st March 2019.
The service will also increase from three to four flights per day.
It is not yet clear if this service will continue to benefit from no Air Passenger Duty, and whether long-haul flights connecting to the Newquay service will also be APD exempt.
Flybe will continue to operate the service using a turboprop aircraft. Whilst these are rarely seen at Heathrow, Flybe already runs its Heathrow services to Aberdeen and Edinburgh this way, requiring a bus transfer to and from the aircraft.
The existing Flybe services use Heathrow Terminal 2 – there is no word yet on whether Newquay will also do so.