MP’s Easyjet email campaign to save Newquay Airport to London Gatwick route
ST Austell and Newquay MP Stephen Gilbert is using the internet to galvanise Cornwall in a bid to save the threatened link from Newquay Airport to London Gatwick.
Mr Gilbert has launched a campaign and is hoping 20,000 emails will land in the in box of Easyjet chief executive Carloyn McCall at Carolyn.McCall@easyjet.com.
The stunt is part of a campaign by the MP to try and save the closure of the route, which he has dubbed an “vital economic link”.
In May it was announced Flybe would stop running its Gatwick service on March 29 next year.
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The airline sold all of its arrival and departure slots at Gatwick to rival firm Easyjet for £20 million.
Approximately 100,000 passengers use the route every year, making the route vital for regional business, investment and tourism, said Mr Gilbert
He has already fired off a letter to the Easyjet boss and has met with company representatives to discuss the future of the route.
Mr Gilbert said: "Gone are the days of 20,000 Cornishmen marching on London but I'd like to think we could get 20,000 emails to Easyjet to explain the reasons why the Newquay to Gatwick link is so important.''
He said it was imperative Cornwall “stands up and speaks with one voice and calls for the air link with London Gatwick to be retained”, adding: “This is a crucial route for businesses in Cornwall to take local goods and services to markets in London and the South East and even further afield, as well as being a key route into Cornwall for those investing here or visiting our part of the world”
Easyjet is still considering whether to scrap the link but the hope is Cornwall will show the firm the importance of it being retained, explained Mr Gilbert.