British Airways will began operating three flights a week to Newquay July 24th with plans to increase to five a week in August and daily from September. The route was vacant after regional airline Flybe ceased operations in March.
"The collapse of Flybe was a blow, but we have been able to work with Cornwall Airport Newquay, the Department for Transport and St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double, to secure the new operator," said Cornwell Council transport administrator Geoff Brown.
"British Airways will be operating the PSO route under an emergency order for seven months while we work with the DfT to run the tender process for the four year contract which will begin in March 2021."
According to "Simple Flying", British Airways stands to receive 125,000 pounds per month in PSO subsidies to operate the route.
Newquay’s other new airline partner, Eastern Airways, also commenced operation this month with flights between Cornwall and Teesside. The route will operate initially on Mondays and Fridays. Eastern Airways will also be operating flights between Cornwall and Leeds-Bradford, restoring the popular route later on this week.
"Air connectivity between the North East and the South West is vital for business and leisure travel, given the distances and journey times required by any other means," said airport MD Pete Downes. "As Cornwall begins to reopen, this important new route has launched at the perfect time for us to welcome visitors from Teesside."
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