Yesterday (1 October) the government and Cornwall Council announced that direct flights between Newquay Airport and London Gatwick Airport have been secured for a further four years, backed by funding from both organisations.
The service will see daily flights between the two airports, with three return flights on weekdays and two per day at weekends. Operated by Flybe, the service will commence from October 2018.
This follows success of the previous route offered by Flybe, which saw demand almost double over three years. Gatwick flights now account for 40 per cent of all passengers using Newquay Airport.
And the funding has further increased confidence in the airport, with other airlines operating new routes from Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
Public Service Obligation routes are used to subsidise vital air connections and economic and social development in peripheral regions, where a clear business case is put forward.