British Airways is to return to Newquay with a new summer seasonal service from London Heathrow.
BA will fly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Cornwall airport Newquay five times weekly from Thursday 2 July to Monday 7 September 2020. Flights do not operate on Tuesday and Wednesday.
This is a return to Newquay for BA after a very long break. BA used to fly to Newquay from London Gatwick until well over ten years ago.
The flight times vary by day. Whilst Newquay will welcome this route for the connectivity it provides to the BA network, as well as a relatively short operating period, the timings are not great for connections.
Flights depart Heathrow early in the morning on Thursday and Saturday and in the evening Monday, Friday and Sunday. Though, this obviously does work well for weekend breaks.
The London – Newquay route has been in the news recently with the decision by Flybe to transfer its four times daily service to Newquay from Heathrow to Gatwick from Sunday 29 March 2020.
Flybe does operate this route with a public subsidy. It is also facing public scrutiny over its financial health. This does put further competitive pressure on Flybe at a time when the Government is considering providing financial support.
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.
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.
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?