The UK’s number one summer holiday destination is Cornwall and its wealth of attractions both ocean-side and land-side, but it’s not the most convenient spot to reach from the rest of Britain. Earlier this year when Flybe announced it would discontinue flights from Gatwick to Newquay in March of 2014, there was a lot of concern about the loss of that major link between London and Cornwall.
Easyjet is set to carry the ball, however; the budget airline bought all of Flybe’s arrival and departure slots for a reported £20 million, and the first flight from Gatwick to Newquay arrived Thursday morning (20 June). Airport officials, passengers and even the pilot had positive comments about the new service, and everyone is hoping it will promote and facilitate plenty of traffic between London Southend and the Cornwall coast.
“It is great to add a new UK destination to our network and we hope Newquay will prove extremely popular with holidaymakers from London Southend and Liverpool this summer,” said Ali Gayward, EasyJet’s commercial manager. Newquay’s managing director Al Titterington added that having the UK’s largest airline operating to and from the airport is “. . .a positive step and we are confident there will be a strong demand for this service from travellers to Cornwall.”
Currently EasyJet has scheduled flights from Gatwick to Newquay three times a week, on which they hope to carry 20,000 passengers each week during the summer season.