Newquay airport was recently reopened after the lockdown was eased in the country. However, the airport has come up with a new airline and destination.
The reopening comes after two months of shutdown due to coronavirus pandemic. Operations at the airport were halted when the government announced a national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The new airline, Eastern Airways, will now be flying from Newquay airport to Teesside International Airport. Flights in this new route will commence on July 6.
Three flights will operate through this route in a week. The flights are scheduled for Mondays and Fridays. However, there are plans to include a Sunday flight schedule later in July.
A statement released by the airport management stated that the new route is a crucial regional connection. The management further added that the route will help the airport and the airline to recover from the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Initially, flights through the airport were run by Flybe airlines before it collapsed. The collapse of the regional airline at the beginning of the year forced the management to close down the airport temporarily. However, the government came in to help by bailing out the airline.
The airport’s managing director, Pete Downes, said that they are looking forward to working with Eastern airlines to realize the route’s success. He added that improving air connectivity between Cornwall and the Northern region is strategic to ensure recovery of the economy.
Mr Downes went ahead to say that the resumption of the airport’s operation is the first step towards the recovery of businesses and the economy. He urged the local business owners and residents to take advantage of air transport to grow their business.
On his part, the Eastern Airways manager said that they are connecting business and tourism sectors since they are crucial to the country’s economic recovery.