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New routes: Newquay to East Midlands, Manchester to Copenhagen, Heathrow to Neom

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There have been some interesting new route announcements this week that are worth mentioning, although none of them are miles and points related given the carriers involved.

Eastern Airways expands at Newquay

UK regional carrier Eastern Airways is doubling down at Cornwall Newquay Airport for 2023.

The airline already operates Newquay – Humberside and Newquay – Gatwick, with Gatwick soon to be up to three flights per day.

From 10th February, it will offer a daily flight between Newquay and East Midlands Airport.

This will be a year-round service, using a 72-seat ATR aircraft. Headline fares start at £69 each way including a checked suitcase. The airline believes that passengers will save up to five hours travel time in each direction compared to road or rail.

This is the only route served by Eastern from East Midlands. The aircraft will fly into Newquay from elsewhere, do a return trip to East Midlands mid morning / early afternoon and then head off elsewhere for the evening.

You can check schedules on the Eastern Airways website here.

Eastern Airways to fly Newquay to East Midlands

Norwegian launches Manchester to Copenhagen

Whilst its long haul ambitions are dead and buried, Norwegian continues to rebuild itself as a low cost regional carrier to and around Scandinavia.

The airline is adding a number of routes from Copenhagen for Summer 2023, including Manchester.

From 23rd June, there will be 2-3 flights per week throughout the Summer.

Neom City flights from London

Saudia launching Neom Bay to Heathrow flights

Finally, whilst this is probably not a top tourist destination just yet, Saudia is launching direct flights from Heathrow to Neom in Saudi Arabia.

Neom, as you may have seen in the press, is a proposed $500 billion mega-city in the northwest of the country. Most interest has been in ‘The Line’, a linear city which will be 110 miles long and 200 metres (not a typo) wide. It is planned to have nine million residents with all ‘services’ being within a five minute walk. It will be a ‘zero car’ city with a high speed rail line.

Whilst virtually nothing has been built so far, Neom will host the Asian Winter Games in 2029 so they are presumably planning to get a move on.

The new flight will begin on 7th December and operate once per week. The only other international flight to Neom at present is a weekly short-haul flight to Dubai.

The flight should be redeemable with Virgin Points once Virgin Atlantic joins Saudia in SkyTeam in January.

Comments (17)

  • david says:

    Neom. “The project has been marred by human rights controversies, involving the eviction of the local population, an abusive work culture, and the use of surveillance technologies.”

    Nice and right up SA’s alley.

    • Rhys says:

      The planned cities are also the most ludicrous and un-livable ideas anyone could ever have. Let’s see if they get built in the way it’s been planned…

      • Callum says:

        While there are many issues with The Line, it very clearly isn’t “the most un-livable idea anyone could ever have”…

      • The Savage Squirrel says:

        It instantly reminded me of Robert Heinlein’s “The Roads Must Roll” short story from around 1940, where urban areas have been abandoned and replaced by vastly long strip cities alongside perpetually moving roadways.

  • SammyJ says:

    Eastern have also just launched Humberside-Esbjerg in Denmark, starting mid-Dec I believe.

  • John T says:

    An eco city where it’s too hot to go outside 6 months of the year and everyone stays indoors with the air conditioner up full blast?
    Right.

    Suspect the new flight is to ferry high-paid consultants and potential investors back and forth.

    • Bagoly says:

      I expect you are right about the target market.
      It’s only 50km from Sharm El-Shaikh, but I can’t see how any sort of connection would make sense.

      I know there are some mountains there, but for a Winter Games they would presumably need to make a lot of snow?

      • Brian says:

        Winter Games in Saudi Arabia sounds about as ludicrous as the World Cup in Qatar. I suspect similar bribes were paid.

        • Callum says:

          Given no other country competed to host the event, I don’t see what Saudi Arabia would gain from bribing anyone?

    • Dominic says:

      Not sure I’m high paid, but will be enjoying this service as one of those consultants!

  • ADS says:

    235km from Neom Airport to Aqaba – about 3 hour drive according to G maps

    No idea how long it takes to cross the border, or if KSA do transit visas ?

  • Dubious says:

    Interesting concept – I wonder what heading it will point in and whether that causes one side to be sun-facing and the other shade?

    Makes me wonder which part the airport and runway will occupy?

  • Gareth says:

    Does eastern have any through ticketing with other airlines, BA for example

  • CJS says:

    Surprisingly no return so far of NQY – LPL. Presumably served by EasyJet and Flybe

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