Newquay Cornwall Airport has reopened to passenger services, ahead of what should prove to be a busy summer at the airport.

Eastern Airways was the first carrier to resume flights, with its Leeds Bradford-Newquay service sold out on Friday April 30. The airline said that forward demand was “thriving”, with the route set to operate five times weekly, and a Teesside-Newquay route also scheduled to resume.

A record number of carriers are set to fly to and from Cornwall Airport Newquay this summer, including Blue Islands, British Airways, Eastern Airways, Easyjet, Edelweiss Air, Loganair and Ryanair.

Easyjet recently confirmed plans for a Newquay-Gatwick service, with the carrier also set to fly to Cornwall from Glasgow and Manchester, and last month Stobart Air announced plans to operate Aer Lingus Regional flights between Belfast and Newquay from June 28.

Commenting on the reopening Pete Downes, managing director at Cornwall Airport Newquay, said:

“We were pleased to welcome Eastern Airways back to Cornwall Airport Newquay as the first operator resuming scheduled services since the partial relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions.

“The airline has played a key role in keeping Cornwall connected throughout the past year, operating services whenever it has been safe and legal to do so, and we are grateful to them for their commitment.

“The strong demand seen on this first flight is a reminder of how vital the links between Cornwall and the North of England are, and we look forward to working with our partners at Eastern Airways and Leeds Bradford Airport to build on this encouraging start.”