26 NOVEMBER 2018
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Regional connections into Heathrow were in focus last week with Newquay and Flybe plus Inverness and British Airways competing for attention.
At Newquay, an air service linking Cornwall and Heathrow is returning after a gap of 25 years with Flybe to run a four-times-daily operation from 31 March next year.
The Public Service Obligation (PSO) agreement was announced by transport secretary Chris Grayling last week. The route will be flown using the Bombardier 78-seat Q400 and replaces Flybe’s existing link to Gatwick.
Flybe chief commercial officer Roy Kinnear said: “The decision confirms Flybe is a vital part of the UK’s transport infrastructure, connecting our regional communities and offering convenient onward travel to the rest of the world via a large global hub.”
At Inverness, BA is increasing the frequency of its Heathrow service, also from 31 March, for the second time since the route was relaunched in 2016.
The new schedule means BA will offer a total of 16 flights a week next summer between 31 March and 26 October, with a twice daily service on weekdays and three flights a day on Saturdays and Sundays. (See also Virgin & Flybe “Public Relations exercise” in this issue)
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