Following months of planning, Cornwall Airport Newquay has welcomed the return of a daily service to London Heathrow thanks to British Airways’ Public Service Obligation (PSO) operation to and from the UK capital. The flights will be operated using a fleet of A320s.
The service which launched on 24 July follows the administration of Flybe which had until March built up a strong market on their multi-daily service into London following the switch from London Gatwick last year. “Between March 2019 and March 2020, the Heathrow link carried more than 163,000 passengers. The flight operated with an average load factor of nearly 80%, clearly demonstrating its popularity,” said Pete Downes, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay.
The UK flag carrier launched the route right at a time when people are looking to return to summer holiday breaks, and businesses are starting to pick up again following the restrictions put in place during the recent coronavirus pandemic. “July has historically been the peak month for Newquay-Heathrow traffic, with a load factor of 91% this time last year,” noted Downes. He added that with many UK citizens now embracing stay cations and looking to take their summer breaks in the UK British Airways introduced its service at the perfect time. “We look forward to working with them to establish this link into Heathrow and continuing to push the message of how the route not only opens up Cornwall to the capital, but the world.”
The new service will open up opportunities for passengers to reach all corners of the world with a seamless process at Terminal 5. “British Airways offers a huge network of destinations from Heathrow in the summer, creating a lot more variety for the Cornish community wanting to explore the world, at the same time opening many new markets for our local business community and advancing inbound tourism potential,” highlighted Downes. “It is this level of service which sees the UK’s national carrier elevate the product offering substantially from anything that has been available to our passengers previously.”