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Newquay Airport woes continue as EasyJet rules out Gatwick link
4:00pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
EasyJet has announced its summer 2014 schedule of flights between Newquay and Southend, with plans to increase flight frequency from three flights a week to four, but has ruled out year round Gatwick flights.
Cornwall Council has said it is disappointed at the lack of a Gatwick link, as they have held "detailed discussions" with the airline over recent months.
The taxpayer funded airport has been hemorrhaging passengers over recent years.
Responding to the news, Adam Paynter, the council's cabinet member for partnerships, said: It is very encouraging that EasyJet are increasing the number of flights between London Southend and Newquay Cornwall Airport. This has proved to be a popular flight with passengers and we look forward to working with EasyJet to further develop this and other routes.
"All these services will help benefit our economy by bringing visitors into Cornwall.
"We are, however, disappointed that the airline has decided not to operate scheduled flights from Newquay to London Gatwick from March 30 as we have held detailed discussions with them over recent months.
"Providing a regular air link to London is very important to the economy of Cornwall and we remain in discussions with a number of other airlines to maintain this vital link. As part of these continuing discussions we will also be seeking the support of Cornwall’s six MPs and the Government to explore all options."
The Southend flights will run from July 4 to September 7, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The airline will also fly two services per week between Newquay and Liverpool on Thursdays and Sundays, starting on July 3 and running until September 7
The company sdays the increase means it will fly thousands of people into the region providing "vital support" for the local economy over the summer peak.
An easyjet spokesman said: "Following Flybe’s decision to cease operating between Newquay and London Gatwick, EasyJet carefully and thoroughly examined the commercial viability of offering year round services on the route. After much consideration, all of the evidence clearly shows that there is insufficient demand to sustain such a service using an A319 aircraft with 156 seats.
Adding: "EasyJet believes the schedule announced today best matches passenger demand to and from Newquay to the capacity of these planes.
Seats will go on sale for the summer 2014 flights from 9 October on easyJet.com.
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