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easyJet launches first flight from London to Newquay airport on Thursday

By CG_Steve  |  Posted: June 18, 2013

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THE UK’S largest airline, easyJet, is due to launch its first flight to Newquay Cornwall Airport on Thursday.

The plane is due to touch down at 8.20am, carrying the first of 20,000 visitors expected to use the London Southend to Newquay service this summer.

It will be piloted by 28-year-old, Liskeard-born Richard Andrews.

The Southend route will soon be the Cornish airport’s only link with the capital after Flybe announced it is scrapping its Gatwick flights from March 29 next year.

Airline bosses blamed airport charges, air passenger duty and “penalistic” government policy for their decision.

They sold all of the company’s arrival and departure slots at Gatwick to Easyjet for £20 million.

Tourism and community leaders have stressed the economic importance of maintaining a strong air link between the Duchy and London.

Malcolm Bell, of tourist board Visit Cornwall, said he was hopeful easyJet could resurrect the Newquay to Gatwick link. He said: “Having the [link to London] is good for the economy and tourism, and vital for business tourism.”

Newquay and St Austell MP Stephen Gilbert added: “The link between London and Cornwall is absolutely vital for Cornwall’s economy; providing a route to market in the south east of England and further afield for Cornish goods and services, as well as an efficient link for visitors to get to Cornwall.”

* easyJet will also introduce flights to and from Liverpool Airport on July 4.

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  • Big_Ger  |  June 18 2013, 8:50PM

    It'll be handy for me, I must admit.

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  • wringer  |  June 18 2013, 8:37PM

    Southend is not and never will be London.

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  • Brian6666  |  June 18 2013, 5:51PM

    Fly direct to Lon.........Errrrr..... Southend ;) Unless you live near Newquay or Rochford, its pretty useless. Don't forget to add in the check in / transfer / travelling times back to LONDON , i'll stick with the train :)

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  • BradleyJJS  |  June 18 2013, 10:28AM

    This could be a good thing for Cornwall if EJ and the airports do not over milk it, I take a sceptical stance. But anything that brings money into our area should be welcomed as I know the tourist industry down here is taking a beating.

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  • nickthompson  |  June 18 2013, 8:11AM

    Fly Easyjet--Southend/Newquay 1hour 5 min Single £50.99 First Great Western Southend Airport/Newquay 7 hours Single £59/81

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