According to Flybe, there has been an exceptional demand for seats on the extra flights they are running between Newquay and London Gatwick. The largest regional airline in Europe have said the over last weekend the sales of seats had risen four fold compared to the same period in 2013.
This followed the announcement that the company where to run 3 additional so called ‘rescue flights’ between the two airports in order to maintain and affordable and convenient transport link between the most southwesterly UK county and the capital. Flybe made the decision to increase their flights in order to alleviate travel woes suffered by millions of passengers who were unable to get in or out of Cornwall by train due to the chaos the severe storms caused to this vital rail link.
Flybe acted quickly to find a way to fill the obvious gap in travel options and, as well as doubling the number of weekday flights it offers to London, it has also brought in a larger 118-seat jet aircraft to supplement its normal popular Q400 turboprop service. By so doing, Flybe has added 4,500 seats to this lifeline route, initially for a two week trial period whilst demand for the new schedule is monitored and assessed. Seats are on sale with one way fares from £36.99 inclusive of taxes and charges.