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Flybe flights from Newquay are moving to London Heathrow

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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.

Flybe services from Newquay switching to London Heathrow

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.

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  • Janicee says:

    I also availed myself of this deal. While my view is a little less spectacular, I also got the access all areas deal, slightly sweetened by My having to go to China for work and stopping here on the way back!

  • Nick Burch says:

    The Courtyard looks to be over the road from the Holiday Inn and Ibis. Slightly further than the Holiday Inn Express, nearer than the Hampton. Walk isn’t too bad, probably 10 minutes, you go past the medium stay car park and drop off area. Local buses to airport or station stop basically outside all those hotels.

  • Callum says:

    It looks walkable on Google Maps. I imagine most people nowadays can’t be bothered walking so they didn’t bother including directions!

    • Nick Burch says:

      It’s not an amazing walk, but not too terrible (I’ve walked it from several of the other hotels around there). Carry on up the big hill a little bit to the roundabout, cross over on the left side to by the Holiday Inn Express, then walk down the access road on the left hand side all the way to the terminal. (Better on the left as you then avoid having to cross the entrances/exits from several carparks)

      • Steve says:

        Exactly. Easily walkable. However it’s a bit of a steep slope up from the Marriott entrance to just get to the roundabout where the Holiday Inn Express is located. Good luck to people doing that with heavy cases on a dark, cold foggy morning at Luton Airport.

  • Graham Walsh says:

    The Abu Dhabi Room looks awesome. Shame I could not take part. Just landed in JNB.

    I remember a work colleague booking a room on Hotwire in Toronto and he got a room with a view to the Blue Jays Baseball team and there was a game on during the Saturday.

  • Gerry H says:

    Re the new hotel at Luton Airport. It is adjacent to the existing IBIS and Holiday Inn hotels. It IS walkable, but anyone who knows Luton Airport knows the hotels are NOT adjacent to the terminal. You have to walk in the open up the last bit of road access, under the runway bridge, to reach the terminal. 500m is about right.
    I can’t think of a worse airport layout in the UK.

  • BJ says:

    Must be missing something here; not sure how the view from any hotel room could compete favourably with the views provided on the TV in the same room or indeed rooms thousands of miles away? If the hotel room comes with access to all areas then of course that’s a different story. Then again, in that case you wouldn’t be in the hotel looking out the window, and there would be other options to do that without booking a hotel. Atmosphere or TV I get, hotel room windows I don’t.

    • James says:

      All the rooms have a balcony

    • Shoestring says:

      Have you ever been to watch a live F1 race, BJ? F1 fans might get excited by TV coverage & I admit to some interest when somebody’s overtaking or crashing out & of the course the start – but if you’re there in person it’s thrill a minute what with the noise etc.

      And this HfP reader has just got to open his window and look out.

    • Alan says:

      F1 I don’t get I’m afraid 😀 Sounds like a good deal for those that like it though to at least get a cheap room and pass.

      • Shoestring says:

        I *was* the same (indifferent/ found it a bit boring) until a corporate sponsorship came along and we got free F1 tickets for a few years. Much more exciting trackside even though I admit that I was a bit lost as to what was happening in the race, that was before cheap mobile internet so quite hard to keep up with events. We just watched it all again on TV later. I wouldn’t diss the motörheads until you’ve experienced it yourself 🙂

        • Alan says:

          Lol no I’m happy they enjoy it, just don’t see it being for me.

        • BJ says:

          My feelings went in opposite direction. I was once crazy about it but increasingly think it is quasi fixed. I think teams buy their way into influence on boards etc and througb this have more say on rules so the more say you can have the more likely your car is to be a winner. What I would really like to see is drivers become independent of constructors with drivers driving each car twice in a season. They could draw lots on which circuit they drive which car in a big even at the start of the season, it could all become much more exciting, especially in the drivers championship.

        • Russ says:

          Being physically at an event brings so much more to the table. Maaaaaaaany years ago I went to an air show with a Vulcan flying (yes that long ago). It set off every car horn in the car park which wasn’t picked up on TV. Fantastic howler to 🙂

        • ankomonkey says:

          A fairer measure of driving skill would be for the drivers to drive normal cars on normal routes under normal traffic conditions. This week’s Egyptian Grand Prix sees the drivers using clapped-out Renaults from the 80s trying to get from one side of Cairo to the other without any crashes into taxis, people or animals. Next week they’re in Uzbekistan trying to negotiate the car ferry. Then it’s the Barnsley school run.

  • Oli says:

    OT – Airportr Black Friday deal, 40% off for pick ups until 31 December. Use promo code BLACKFRIDAY18.

  • Shoestring says:

    I had a good look at the APD situation from NQY a few days ago. From what I could gather, APD was not payable NQY-Gatwick or Gatwick-NQY and that was the only APD concession.

    Ie NQY was never in the Inverness category, where you could buy an INV-LH connection on 1 PNR (to depart within 24hrs) and avoid paying the LH APD as well.

    So I doubt if that has changed with the move to LHR. Would love to be proven wrong of course 🙂

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