Cornwall Airport Newquay has announced a new route to London Southend airport.

The service will be operated by Stobart Air under Flybe branding, and will initially launch as a five times weekly route from April 1, 2019, before increasing to daily from May 1. Flights will be operated by 72-seat ATR 72 aircraft.

The airport said that the new route would replace a previously flown Flybe service between Newquay and London Stansted, stating that “Stobart Air is not only restoring the link to an airport in the East of the capital which has quicker rail access to Central London than Stansted, as well as giving better access to Essex and the East Coast, its flying schedule also provides passengers with a more frequent and consistent timetable”.

Earlier this month it was reported that the existing Flybe route between Newquay and Gatwick airport will continue, following funding from the government and Cornwall Council.

Cornwall Airport Newquay said that the new link to Southend would increase the number of seats offered to London next summer by 11.5 per cent.

Commenting on the news Al Titterington, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay said:

“It is great to see that further capacity will be added to the capital for 2019 thanks to Stobart Air’s decision to open direct flights to London Southend.

“During the first eight months of 2018 over 119,000 passengers have flown between CAN and Gatwick, a 12.8 per cent increase over the same period of 2017. With the market between Cornwall and London continuing to go from strength-to-strength this new service comes at the perfect time.”,,