Loganair adds Manchester-Newquay service

(Photo: Cornwall Airport Newquay)

The regional carrier will reintroduce the former Flybe route from March 2021 

Loganair has announced it will begin flights between Manchester and Newquay next March. The carrier hopes the programme will enhance connectivity within the UK, as well as making it easier for people to travel internationally and worldwide. 

Following the collapse of the UK regional airline Flybe earlier this year, connections between Cornwall Airport Newquay and Manchester were cut off.  

This news comes just months after British Airways took over the Public Service Obligation (PSO) operation travelling to and from London, switching the services from Gatwick to Heathrow in the process.

Loganair has rostered an ATR72-600, which seats up to 70 passengers, for the route between Manchester and Newquay.

As well as being the UK’s largest regional airline, Loganair has now established itself as the leading carrier in Newquay, as they announced new services travelling to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen earlier this month.

The firm says this new service will produce more opportunities for people wanting to travel internationally. Additional connections can be made via Loganair’s flights at Manchester to Aberdeen, Inverness and the Isle of Man. 

Jonathan Hinkles, chief executive of Loganair, said that he wahappy with the new service but disappointed with the lack of government backing: We’re pleased to be adding another route to our networks at both Newquay and Manchester. We’ve been working closely with Cornwall Airport Newquay to restore UK regional connectivity following the collapse of Flybe earlier this year.  

“Although we wished to see the Government support this programme with a PSO nomination for the Manchester-Newquay route to permit more frequent services to be established, we’re nonetheless going ahead with a daily service from March 28, 2021.

“We are delighted in Newquay that the route between Manchester and Newquay has been re-established after its recent absence,” Louis Gardner, the Mayor of Newquay, told Airports International. “Cornwall Airport Newquay is a vital link between the county and the rest of the UK not only for tourism but also for business. We have recently seen the re-establishment of many regional routes into our airport and the Manchester route is merely a continuation of this vital route to the north-west. Newquay and Cornwall have had an extremely busy recent tourist season which is still ongoing. Tourists use many different modes of transport to enter the county and we believe that having a choice of method of travel is extremely important.” 

Flights from Manchester to Cornwall Airport Newquay will depart from Terminal 3 at 10.55am, taking 80 minutes in total to fly down to the Cornish town. Return services from Newquay will leave at 12.50pm every day, arriving in Manchester for 2:10pm