Newquay Airport secures London flights for four years

Newquay Airport will be celebrating with the official confirmation today of three flights on weekdays all year round to from Newquay Airport to London Gatwick. This is because the airport has secured a Public Service Obligation which will see up to £2.8m of funding support provided by the Government over the next four years to safeguard the vital air link. The airline Flybe has been awarded the contract to operate the air service between Newquay Cornwall.

A huge amount of work has gone into securing the PSO and this included Cornwall Council, the LEP, business leaders and the counties MP’s. To get a PSO is a long and complicated process during which the Council and its partners have worked closely with the Department for Transport.  Leading up to the award of the PSO the tender attracted the interest from 13 organisations which included all the prominent passenger airline operators in the industry. However after the tender return period, the only bid to be received was from Flybe Ltd.

The judgements of the evaluation panel identified that Flybe Ltd met the tender eligibility criteria and demonstrated a thorough overall understanding of the PSO specification and service requirements. The PSO award recommendation to appoint Flybe Ltd was subsequently accepted and signed off by Cornwall Council’s Procurement Assurance Scheme Panel on 27 August 2014 and the Department for Transport on 13 October 2014.

This announcement is fantastic news for the Council as the operators of the airport. The route to London from Newquay is in place for four years. There will also be weekend flights too, but not at the same frequency as the weekday service. Those behind the succesful bid for the PSO (Nigel – you should be very proud) should be congratulated for all the hard work, blood sweat and tears into securing this much-needed route. Well done indeed.

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