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Cornwall to benefit from Dubai air link with Flybe's new Birmingham service

By CG_Steve  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

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CORNWALL can now boast a summer air link with the likes of Dubai following news that Flybe will run flights to Birmingham next year.

The new service from Newquay Cornwall Airport means passengers will have access to worldwide destinations offered by the Emirates airline, which operates from Birmingham.

It will begin on May 16, 2014, with flights operating seven days a week throughout the summer months.

Al Titterington, managing director at Newquay airport, said: “Flybe’s summer schedule already operates to Edinburgh, Belfast City and Newcastle as well as London Gatwick and Manchester and this new service is a boost for the Airport and Cornish residents.

“The possibility of flying further afield to places like Dubai will also become more convenient with Birmingham Airport giving access to Emirates’ worldwide network. The airport is continually looking to improve accessibility to and from Cornwall and the new Birmingham service will ultimately boost the economy by encouraging visitors.”

News of the new route comes after Flybe announced it was scrapping its Norwich service.

However, airline bosses also decided to extend the Newquay to London Gatwick service until the end of October next year – seven months longer than had been planned.

They had intended to scrap the air link to the capital at the end of March, saying it was economically unviable.

The change of heart has given the county’s business and community leaders fresh hope that a solution can be found to permanently safeguard the London link they say is vital to the county.

Chiefs at Cornwall Council and Newquay Cornwall Airport say they believe the future of the route depends on securing a government subsidy, called a Public Service Obligation (PSO), to make it profitable for whichever airline chooses to take it on.

They say they are confident an operator can be found, but warn that it could take until at least the end of next August to get the service off the ground.

With the extension of Flybe’s Gatwick service, there is now a hope that the current and new services will run on seamlessly, meaning business and tourism will not suffer as had been feared.

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  • tim_bucktoo  |  December 18 2013, 7:31AM

    Newquay Airport will NEVER make a profit, regardless of who it's run by!! Put it in private hand and it will be closed and houses and a retail park put on it. Who's lost out then?

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  • wringer  |  December 17 2013, 3:30PM

    ...and the subsidy the 10 greater Manchester council residents pay is? they do it because they make a profit at it. we do not. do the maths of the catchment area and look at the depravation indices. newquay airport will never make a profit whilst run by Cornwall council.

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  • tim_bucktoo  |  December 17 2013, 3:25PM

    @wringer the 10 Greater Manchester councils own Manchester... and Stanstead... and East Midlands... and Bournmouth!!

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  • wringer  |  December 17 2013, 7:54AM

    talk about desperate to put out some good news about the airport!! We are STILL paying £3,000,000 in subsidy for this out of our pockets each and every year. the only good news story I want to read about the airport is that the Council have stopped wasting £3,000,000 of my money. Councils should not own and operate airports. full stop. they don't have the business acumen and if Newquay was such a fantastic business then the private sector would have bought it. a lame duck is still a lame duck whether it flies to Dubai or not.

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  • tim_bucktoo  |  December 17 2013, 7:24AM

    Flybe already fly into Manchester from Newquay. This flight is timed to connect with flights to Dubai, Abu Dhabi New York and Qatar!!!! This isn't really a story is it!

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  • MarjProops  |  December 16 2013, 4:41PM

    Emirates airline already operates from Gatwick, so where's the boost to Cornish residents?.

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  • Truro_England  |  December 16 2013, 4:22PM

    " boost for the Airport and Cornish residents" hmm.. I will stay drive to Bristol when I fly for my family visits to Holland, I wish Newquay would fly to Amsterdam. Flybe is very expensive for flights, I flew from Stansted to Germany last year and it was cheaper to catch the train to Paddington, then Liverpool Street to the airport than fly from Exeter using Flybe. Cornwall Council need to get Easy Jet and Rynair back in, do cheap flights to the places people want to fly too.

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  • BobToronto  |  December 16 2013, 3:48PM

    Great news. However, just think of the world wide connections if there was a frequent service schedule to Heathrow, the only real hub airport in the UK

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