Following briskly after Flybe’s announcement of Heathrow services, Cornwall Airport Newquay has announced that regional operator Blue Islands, a franchise partner of Flybe, will launch a new service to Jersey and Guernsey on 3 June. The route will be operated three times per week, using 46-seat ATR 42-320s.
“It is fantastic news that from this summer the airport will have more flight options for our passengers, adding to our already confirmed new services to Copenhagen, plus London’s Heathrow and Southend airports,” comments Al Titterington, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay. “The Channel Islands are currently hard to reach for passengers in our catchment, with them having to either drive hours to the nearest airport with direct services or having to drive to the UK south coast and take a ferry, with this being a journey which could take up to eight hours or more. By offering this seamless one-hour flight to Jersey and onwards to Guernsey, we now have a much more sustainable and customer friendly option for people wanting to reach this part of the world, and for those in the Channel Islands wanting to visit our great county.”
Rob Veron, CEO Blue Islands, says: “The exciting addition of direct flights between Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Channel Islands means residents of both regions can now appreciate discovering the respective unique cultures and subtle nuances that exist beyond the stunning coastlines, quaint harbours, picturesque countryside, as well as buzzing beach and surf scenes.”
Cornwall Airport Newquay welcomed over 450,000 passengers in 2018, while developments in 2019 include a four times daily hub connection to Heathrow with Flybe, opening Newquay, Cornwall and the south west UK to the world.
The airport will also see new airline partner SAS begin a twice-weekly service to Copenhagen – Cornwall Airport Newquay’s first-ever direct link with Scandinavia.
“2019 is shaping up to be a record-breaking year for CAN, and with the news that Blue Islands will launch these flights from June continues the growing momentum that we are seeing from passengers wanting to fly directly to and from Cornwall,” enthuses Titterington.