British Airways will begin flying to the Cornish resort of Newquay next month. It will launch a daily flight from Gatwick starting on March 20 which will be operated by a 150-seater B737. Departure time from Gatwick will be at 1150 with a return from Newquay at 1420. Flight time is one hour and return fares will start from £69.
The new service will be useful for connecting passengers flying into Gatwick with BA, or other Oneworld alliance members who wish to continue to Newquay.
Existing flights to Newquay from Gatwick are operated by regional carrier Air Southwest. It operates flights by 50-seater Dash 8 turbo-props. Air Southwest currently flies five times a day with lead-in fares (this month) starting at £122. But from the end of March, when BA begins its new service, it will fly four times a day. Currently only two Air Southwest flights are non-stop (only one flight will be non-stop from the end of March) because the other three services make a stop in Plymouth.
There are also a number of flights with Ryanair from Stansted but this carrier does not offer interlining (the ability to switch from one airline to another) facilities.
For more information go to ba.com.
Report by Alex McWhirter