Ever since Business Traveller reported on Flybe’s summer timetable, questions have been asked about the future of its Newquay route from London Heathrow.
Currently, tickets are not on sale for the route beyond the end of March at Flybe.com.
However Newquay Airport has released a statement in order to “reassure” users of the service it will continue.
A spokesman for the airport told Cornwall Live: “To reassure passengers, we can confirm that tickets on the London PSO service beyond March 28, 2020 are expected to be on sale from the week commencing January 6, 2020.
“Although passengers can currently only book travel on the service between Newquay and Heathrow until the end of March, the PSO service to London is contracted to operate four daily flights, seven days per week until October 2022 and that commitment remains unchanged.”
Flybe told Business Traveller it is still working with its partners to finalise its summer schedule, which will be published in early January.
If the route were to end, it would represent a blow to Cornish travellers for whom the Heathrow link is essential for global connectivity. That is the main reason the route was switched one year ago from Gatwick to Heathrow and why it is subsidised.
Cornwall needs better and more reliable links to London. It’s reported that yesterday’s heavy rainfall flooded the main rail line to and from London for several hours.
Flybe will be rebranded as Virgin Connect next year.