UK’s Flybe announced the changes which will see a shift of its London to Newquay service from Heathrow to Gatwick from March 29. Tickets for the flights from Cornwall to Gatwick are on sale.
The airline was on the brink of collapse until the government bailed it out. Recently, the airline made significant changes in its flight service by scrapping the flights from Newquay airport to Heathrow.
In a statement released by the airline, Flybe said that they had undertaken a review of their networks in preparation for re-branding as Virgin Connect. The statement further revealed that they looked at the areas which could add the most value and provide the most convenient choices for their customers.
The airline announced that they have been able to free two aircrafts to be operating from Cornwall Airport Newquay. The move will allow them to boost their schedules with a new year-round flight to Amsterdam as well as increase their frequency to Manchester.
A UK newspaper, The Telegraph, reported that the airline made a similar network change, which will see the commencement of flights from Heathrow to Dusseldorf International Airport using some of the slots vacated by the daily flights to Newquay.
Flybe explained that those changes were meant to scale up international destinations rather than concentrating on the domestic ones. They noted that London Gatwick was fit for the new programme as it will benefit the Cornish residents and visitors with a wider choice for leisure and business destinations. Flybe added that the new route makes commercial sense.
These changes come just a week after the UK government cabinet approved financial support for the airline. The government gave the airline more time to pay the outstanding Air Passenger Duty amounting to GBP100 million.
The current Newquay to Heathrow operation route was initiated by the UK regional airline from Gatwick in March 2019.