EasyJet to add nonstop link between London and Cornwall this summer

Apr 23, 2021

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EasyJet is doubling down on its presence in Cornwall this summer. In anticipation of a summer of staycations, EasyJet is adding a new route connecting Newquay (NQY) with London Gatwick (LGW).

The thrice-weekly service will operate between the Capital’s secondary airport and Cornwall’s main gateway on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The first fight will launch on 8 June and operate through the summer season through 30 October.

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The airline won’t face much competition on the route when it first launches — it’ll be the only operator linking the Capital to Newquay. However, in late June, British Airways will launch its summer seasonal service between NQY and London Heathrow (LHR) five times per week. EasyJet does not currently operate any flights from Heathrow.

During the peak summer season when both carriers are operating their London to Newquay nonstop, the only day of the week that will not have a flight linking London to Cornwall is Wednesday.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of our new service between Newquay and London Gatwick Airport, which we are confident will be popular with customers planning to take to the skies once it is safe to do so,” said EasyJet’s U.K. country manager Ali Gayward.

Having more flight options between London and Cornwall was on the mind of the airport. Flying between the two cities is much faster than driving. Driving from central London to Newquay can take five hours, and often even more with traffic. The nonstop flight option decreases that travel time down to just about one hour — or less.

Earlier this year, EasyJet had announced its plans to link Cornwall’s Newquay (NQY) to other U.K. airports. Beginning in June, EasyJet will start flying from Manchester (MAN) and Glasgow (GLA) to NQY.

Despite the pandemic, Newquay Airport is gearing up for its busiest summer ever. The airport is planning to have 10 different airlines fly to and from its runways this summer — including flights to both domestic and international destinations.

Related: This UK regional airport is preparing for a record busy summer

Additionally, in March, the local council announced that it was granting Newquay Airport £7.8 million to use for upgrades ahead of the G7 summit.

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