Easyjet axes Newquay to London Southend service
Newquay Cornwall Airport has been dealt another blow this week after Easyjet axed its flights between the resort and London Southend.
The budget airline has apologised and says it will refund customers who have already purchased tickets following the announcement to withdraw the summer air link.
The Southend to Newquay Cornwall Airport route was due to be an eight week service, operating from Monday July 14 to Sunday September 7.
However, a spokeswoman for the company today confirmed the service was to be withdrawn.
She said: “EasyJet has taken the decision to withdraw its summer season flights between Newquay and London Southend.
“Passengers booked to fly to London Southend will be able to claim a full refund and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
“We will continue to operate flights to Liverpool between 3 July and 7 September.”
MP for Newquay and St Austell, Stephen Gilbert, last year ran a high-profile campaign to persuade Easyjet to take on a Newquay to London Gatwick service, currently operated by Flybe, which had been due to be scrapped this April after the company sold all its Gatwick flight slots to Easyjet for £20 million.
At the time Easyjet said there was “insufficient demand” for it to take on the Newquay to London Gatwick route, but that it would increase summer flights to London Southend from three to four a week. However, the latter service has now been scrapped by Easyjet altogether.
Following the latest announcement by Easyjet, Cornwall Council, which owns Newquay Cornwall Airport, said that while the airline’s decision to scrap the Newquay to Southend service was “obviously disappointing”, it did not affect the long term viability of Newquay Cornwall Airport, stating that the London to Gatwick route is expected to be safeguarded by a Government backed Public Service Obligation for a further four years.
She added: “Cornwall Airport Limited have already agreed terms with Flybe to continue to operate the London Gatwick service next summer after which the London service is expected to be safeguarded through a Government backed Public Service Obligation for a further four years.”
The Newquay to Southend route was launched in June last year and carried almost 8,000 passengers in the summer.
The airport is currently subsidised by taxpayers to the tune of around £3 million a year, through Cornwall Council.