British Airways was recently awarded the UK Government-subsidised contract to operate flights between London and Cornwall Newquay Airport. The service finally began last week after various delays. It had previously been operated by Flybe until the airline went into receivership.
The details of the contract have now been published. British Airways submitted the only compliant bid and, as such, has struck a great deal.
It is being paid £878,000 to operate flights for a seven month period. Given that there are only three flights per week at present, increasing to seven per week from September, this is a very attractive deal. Once at full capacity, British Airways is receiving (£878,000 / 7 / 31) £4,046 per return flight. It gets to keep the money from ticket sales on top.
Given the short flight time and the reduced loads likely on other short haul routes once the Summer holiday period is over, it is possible that Newquay will become the most profitable British Airways short haul route this Winter.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.