Gatwick to Newquay flights doubled

Flybe has stepped in to assist people in the South West of England stranded because of the severing of train links in Dawlish, Devon.

The airline has announced that, from Wednesday 12 February, it is doubling flights between Gatwick and Newquay, effectively adding an extra 4,500 seats per week between London and the South West.

Working together with the Department of Transport, Newquay Cornwall and London Gatwick Airports, Flybe has adjusted its flying programme to free up one of its 118-seat Embraer 195 aircraft and re-scheduled crews to operate it.

The increased programme of flights will initially operate for a two week period whilst demand for the new schedule is monitored and assessed.

Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer says: “Flybe fully appreciates the enormous economic cost to the region of losing its rail services, an untenable situation that looks likely to impact the region severely for at least six weeks and possibly even longer.

“Flybe’s regional model means that, at this time of travel crisis which is placing huge pressure on the West Country’s industry and commerce sectors and on leisure and business travel, we are well placed to be able to step in quickly and provide a fast and convenient travel solution.

“We also commit to maintaining our normal pricing mechanism. We have no wish to take advantage of this very difficult situation by inflating fares and can assure our customers that our fares’ policy will be managed in exactly the same way as always.”

Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer at London Gatwick, said: “During this period of unprecedented weather it is crucial that the aviation industry pulls together to ensure businesses and the people of Cornwall remain well connected to London and the rest of the UK and beyond. London Gatwick is very happy to do our part in supporting these efforts by waiving all charges on these additional flights.”

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