Cornwall Council welcomes MP support to secure more flights to London from Newquay
Cornwall Council has welcomed the support from MP Stephen Gilbert in backing its negotiations with airlines to secure scheduled flights from Newquay Cornwall Airport to London.
The Council has been in detailed negotiations with a number of airlines, including Easyjet, since the announcement by Flybe in May that it had sold its landing and takeoff slots at London Gatwick.
Adam Paynter, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Partnerships, said: “We have been talking to a number of airlines about operating scheduled flights from Newquay to London from 29 March 2014 and have left them in no doubt as to the importance of this link to the economy of Cornwall.
“As well as encouraging leisure travel to and from Cornwall, it is vital that businesses have the ability to travel to London. This has become increasingly important following the development of the Enterprise Zone which has seen a significant growth in the number of businesses which are establishing themselves at the Airport and in Cornwall.“
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“Cornwall Council is committed to doing everything it can to maintain these air links” added Jeremy Rowe, Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council. “Newquay Cornwall Airport contributes around £23m to the Cornish economy and the support from businesses is crucial.
“Over the past four months we have held a number of meetings with the airlines and remain hopeful that we will be able to reach agreement. We welcome the support from Stephen Gilbert in helping to emphasise the importance of this route to Cornwall”.
Bert Biscoe, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Waste, said: “Communication and transport are key elements of Cornwall's future business success. Having services to and from London airports which support both the visitor trade and the needs of business people is vital to Cornwall developing new markets, winning custom and supporting its innovators and producers.
“It is good that Cornwall Council, the Cornish business community and Members of Parliament are working together in a cohesive manner to secure these air links.”
The Council’s ongoing negotiations with airlines have also been backed by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership whose Chairman Chris Pomfret said “Transport links are the key barrier to business development in Cornwall. If we want to see the economy flourish a regular link to a major hub airport is critical.
“The issue is even more serious when you consider the under investment in the railway line and the risk to services in the winter from flooding and the poor road connections. These constraints make the air links even more critical than those to many other parts of the country”.