Monday, 2 December 2013

Cornwall - Gatwick airlink will continue

Good news this morning as FlyBe have announced that the air route from Newquay to Gatwick will continue - at least until the end of the Summer 2014 season.

Back in May, the airline announced that the route would cease from the end of March. Whilst Cornwall still has the link to Southend (and even faster way of getting to the city of London), the Gatwick link has been seen as important for the visitor trade and for many businesses.

Cornwall Council has been working hard to get the Government to agree that 'public service obligation' status may be appropriate for the Cornwall to London link. This means that the government recognises that it is a vital link which may not be commercially viable and they will support it.

We have won that recognition and the council is currently tendering for a partner airline to provide the service. However, this process is likely to take until the autumn and so there was the possibility that there would be a period without this service. Today's announcement lifts that threat.

Many thanks to FlyBe for their help and huge congratulations to my colleague Adam Paynter and all the officers who have worked so hard to make this happen.

1 comment:

John Conway said...

But by how much are we subsidising this service? (or by how much will the St Mawgan deficit increase by?) and what services will be cut to pay for it???