"Newquay to London Air-Link is secure for years to come"

Newquay's MP, Stephen Gilbert, has today said that the Newquay to London airline is "secure for years to come".

The MP, the Government, Cornwall Council and Newquay Cornwall Airport today announced a deal with FlyBe to run three return flights each day to Gatwick as part of a four-year package to support the key route.

Stephen Gilbert said:

"The threat to the Newquay to London airline wasn't just a threat to the airport, it was a threat to the whole Cornish economy. The air-link brings in over £30million a year to the Cornish economy and is directly and indirectly responsible for over 3,000 people in Cornwall having jobs - losing the air-link would have plunged us into economic problems across Cornwall and I am delighted that we have been able to secure a four-year funding deal and three return flights a day.

"I have a simple message to businesses across Cornwall - the air-link to London is here to stay, it's been saved and it can now be used to continue to grow the recovery across Cornwall."

Stephen Gilbert has spent months persuading Government to support a Public Service Obligation (PSO) which protects the route to London and has secured a deal for four years, rather than the usual two. He's worked with Cornwall Council and Newquay Cornwall Airport on making the case for support for the route.

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