New air services take off from Newquay
Air services from Newquay Airport have really taken off with
the launch of four new routes to Leeds Bradford, Manchester,
Dublin and Bristol.
From Monday 11th April low fares regional airline Air Southwest
will operate daily return flights to Bristol and Dublin from
just £19 one-way including all charges. Flights to Leeds
Bradford and Manchester airports from just £29 one-way.
The new routes are set to revolutionise air travel in and
out of Cornwall.
Air Southwest is also launching a new route from Plymouth
City Airport to Leeds Bradford on Monday 11th April, doubling
the size of its route network.
Malcolm Naylor, Managing Director of Air Southwest was at
Newquay Airport today to present a bottle of champagne to
the first passenger booked on the new flights. He said: "For
the first time we are establishing a major operating base
at Newquay, giving passengers even more choice at great value
for money. With more than 90% of our bookings made online
it's never been easier to take advantage of our low fares.
We're delighted with the response to the new routes so far.
Passengers are telling us that our flights to Leeds Bradford,
Manchester and Bristol save them hours over travelling by
road or rail, and our new Dublin service provides Cornwall's
first direct link with Ireland."
Celebrity chef Rick Stein, whose famous Seafood Restaurant
in Padstow is just a few miles from Newquay Airport, is already
expecting the new flights to be a big hit. Rick said: "Last
week I was amazed by how many people from Yorkshire there
were in Padstow and similarly I keep bumping into Dubliners
in the pub and they all seem to love the place. So I am very
chuffed that there are now direct flights into Cornwall from
Ireland and the North of England. I will certainly be nipping
off for the odd gourmet dinner in Dublin or pint of strong
Yorkshire Bitter now that they are both so close."
Air Southwest was launched just 18 months ago and has already
carried more than a quarter of a million passengers. Its route
network has expanded rapidly and the airline now flies from
Plymouth, Newquay, Bristol, Gatwick, Manchester, Leeds Bradford,
Dublin and Jersey.
The first passenger to book on Air Southwest's first flight
from Newquay to Leeds Bradford was Elizabeth Lindsell, 60,
who lives in Penryn near Falmouth and retired only a week
ago from Bells Court Snooker Club in the town. Mrs Lindsell
is visiting her daughter and two grandchildren who live in
Skipton which is only a short drive from Leeds Bradford Airport.
Elizabeth said: "I was absolutely delighted to hear
that Air Southwest was starting a new service to Leeds as
it makes visiting my daughter and grandchildren a lot easier.
Previously I used to travel by train to Leeds which would
pretty much take the whole day so I'm really looking forward
to getting there a lot faster so that I can enjoy more family
time and a lot less travel time. The new ease of getting to
Leeds, coupled with my recent retirement will hopefully mean
that I'll be seeing a lot more of my daughter and grandchildren
in the future."
Malcolm Naylor, managing director
of Air Southwest presents champagne to Elizabeth Lindsell,
the first passenger to book on Air Southwest's first flight
from Newquay to Leeds Bradford
The first passengers to book on Air Southwest's inaugural
flight from Newquay to Dublin were Cornish couple Nicky and
Sandra Veale from Newquay. Mr Nicky Veal, 58, a semi-retired
hairdresser, is making his first trip to Dublin for a five
day sightseeing trip. He said: "We were absolutely
over the moon when we heard that Air Southwest was starting
a new route from Newquay to Dublin. My wife and I have travelled
all over the world but in recent years we've concentrated
our holidays within the UK to see the sights closer to home.
We visited Southern Ireland a few years ago and were eager
to go to Dublin so we jumped at the chance of flying from
our home town of Newquay. I'm a keen golfer so I hope to use
the new Air Southwest service again soon to pop over for the
international golf tournaments held in Dublin."
The new services have been welcomed by the Objective One
Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Carleen
Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership said: "The
launch of these four new routes will further strengthen the
growing transport network between Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly
and the rest of the world. They will make for even easier
access for businesses, residents and visitors which can only
be good news and ties in with the Objective One aim of improving
transport infrastructure to help to boost Cornwall's wealth
Air Southwest will base one of its Dash 8-300 aircraft at
Newquay Airport permanently. The four new routes add to Air
Southwest's popular Newquay to Gatwick service which flies
four times a day, seven days a week. All Air Southwest flights
can be booked online up to 10 months in advance at www.airsouthwest.com.
For further information contact Jason Clark at Deborah Clark
and Associates Ltd on 01822 833180, 07980 834368 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Partnership has invested in Newquay
Airport through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Air Southwest is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plymouth-based
Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc, which is listed on the Alternative
Investment Market. The group owns and operates Plymouth City
Airport and its interests span regeneration and transport.
Air Southwest flies from Plymouth, Newquay, Bristol, Gatwick,
Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Dublin and Jersey.
For a full archive of Air Southwest press releases please
For more information
Deborah Clark and Associates Ltd
General Manager Commercial
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439
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