Flybe launches London Heathrow – Newquay

Flybe will transfer its flights to Newquay from Gatwick to Heathrow from Sunday 31 March 2019.

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Flybe Bombardier Q400 aircraft
Flybe Bombardier Q400 aircraft (Image Credit: Flybe)

Heathrow Airport has snatched another route from Gatwick as Flybe is to transfer its service to Newquay from Sunday 31 March 2019.

Currently, Flybe flies from Gatwick to Newquay up to three times daily, typically with an Embraer E195 aircraft.

From Sunday 31 March 2019, this will operate from London Heathrow up to four times daily with a smaller Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop aircraft.

This was Flybe’s last remaining route at Gatwick which means the airline will leave the airport. The London – Newquay route is a Public Service Obligation route and is supported by funding from Government and Cornwall Council.

Flights will be on sale at Flybe before the end of November 2018.

Codeshares

It’s worth noting that the existing Gatwick – Newquay is codeshared with a number of airlines including BA, Emirates and Virgin.

It’s a safe assumption that to support four flights a day and connectivity for the South West region there will be a substantial number of codeshares with airlines at Heathrow.

If you have an existing booking for travel after Sunday 31 March 2019 to connect to/from a long-haul flight at Gatwick it is strongly advised to change your connection to Heathrow if possible. Otherwise, you will probably have to avoid have to cross London at your own expense. This is best avoided at almost all cost.
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Heathrow proposes reduced charges for domestic flights

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BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)
BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

There was something of a surprise announcement that caught the media’s attention before the Easter break.

Heathrow airport announced that it proposes to reduce its charges to airlines for UK domestic flights by a third from £29.59 to £19.59 per passenger, with effect from 1 January 2017.

This follows the announcement ny Heathrow Airport last month of a route development fund to support up to nine new UK domestic routes.

The rationale for this is that the number of UK domestic destinations from London Heathrow has fallen substantially over the past 25 years and does not compare favourably to rival hubs such as Amsterdam. So Heathrow wishes to encourage many more UK domestic routes.

Will we see more UK domestic destinations from Heathrow?

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