easyJet adds flights from London Gatwick to Newquay
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Newquay Airport is at serious risk of being overrun this Summer, given the number of airlines annoucing new routes.
Aer Lingus, via its Stobart Air franchise, was the first up this week, announcing flights from Belfast City. This was previously a route served by Flybe. There will be three flights per week starting on 28th June, using 72-seater ATR72-600 aircraft.
easyJet is planning to launch Gatwick to Newquay services on 8th June, operating to 30th October.
There will be three flights per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. You may be able to mix and match with the British Airways service from Heathrow, which restarts on 1st July.
The position for Winter 2021 is unclear. Cornwall Council had tendered for an airline to operate year-round services to a London airport under a ‘PSO’ contract. This would offer financial guarantees if passenger numbers were weak, in return for guaranteed flights. Cornwall Council recently rejected all tenders for the PSO contract, but has said that it may begin a new process in the Autumn.
Newquay doesn’t look like it needs any Government support this Summer. The list of cities with a Newquay connection now includes (E&OE) London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Belfast, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Faro, Alicante, Manchester, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Isles of Scilly, Teesside, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, Cork, Dusseldorf, Jersey, Guernsey and Zurich.