The airport has been seeking a non-stop connection to Heathrow for years, although its gain is Gatwick's loss as it will effectively replace Flybe's current service to the capital operated under a Public Service Obligation (PSO) agreement.
From March 31, 2019, Flybe will operate 78-seat Q400s on the route four times a day between Cornwall Newquay Airport (CAN) and the UK hub.
“This is fantastic news for the airport, region and the greater South West of the UK,” comments Al Titterington, managing director of Cornwall Airport Newquay.
“We have been working for many years to make sure that we have direct access to Europe’s busiest hub, and with this new service it opens not just a connection to the UK’s leading gateway, but also the world.
“By having direct flights to Heathrow, it grows the strength of Newquay and Cornwall’s brand abroad, which is great for the local business community and those wanting to visit our beautiful county.”
Titterington goes on: “During the first eight months of 2018, over 119,000 passengers flew between Cornwall Newquay and Gatwick, a 12.8% increase over the same period of 2017.
“While the Gatwick service will switch to Heathrow, the increased demand shows that CAN needs more services to the capital, and with Flybe offering up to four daily flights to Heathrow, up from three at the moment to Gatwick, we will be giving passengers an extra nine weekly departures to choose from.”
Flybe flights will operate into Terminal 2, Heathrow’s premier and newest facility.
According to the Cornish gateway, this will result in passengers having a smooth and pleasant travelling experience through the award-winning hub, along with easy connections to other terminals for connecting flights, plus direct access for Underground and Heathrow Express services into Central London.
Heathrow CEO, John Holland Kaye, says: “We are delighted to secure a more regular service to Newquay, connecting exporters from Cornwall to global markets through Heathrow and making it easier for inward investors, tourists and students from all over the world to get there.
"Following the successful launch in 2016 of an Inverness service, the UK’s two furthest mainland airports will now be connected to the UK’s biggest port.”