Strategic Meetings Summit London, 26 September,
September 29 2022, Kimpton Fitzroy London
Friday 30 September 2022, JW Marriott Grosvenor
The government has announced a four-year funding deal for flights between London Gatwick airport and Newquay.
The agreement will see a £2.8 million cash injection from the government with Cornwall council also contributing £300,000.
It will enable regional operator Flybe to keep operating three flights a week each way with two weekend rotations between the two airports.
Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, said: “The air link between Newquay and London is vital for Cornwall’s businesses, tourist industry and residents, so I created the regional air connectivity fund and fought for £2.5m for Newquay to ensure that this crucial service could continue.”
The Regional Air Connectivity Fund was announced by the government in June 2013. The fund is used to maintain regional air connections. The government doubled the size of the fund to £20 million per year in the 2014 Budget.
The deal was welcomed by Flybe’s CEO Saad Hammad: “The people of Cornwall need efficient and affordable air access to the Capital, which is faster than road and rail. So we welcome today's announcement.
“It is an important step in improving regional connectivity in the UK, which contributes significantly to economic development,” Hammad added.