The Government has confirmed it will provide up to £4.3 million to fund direct flights from London to Newquay and Dundee for the next two years.
Cornwall Council will receive up to £1.8 million over two years to run flights from London to Newquay in a reinstated public service obligation (PSO) agreement that the Government said will ‘create hundreds of jobs’.
Up to £2.5 million will go to fund direct flights for a further two years between Dundee and London until 2023.
Loganair will continue to run the flights to Dundee, operating from Dundee Airport to London City Airport.
Flights from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Gatwick will start on 9 December 2021 and will be operated by Eastern Airways.
Robert Courts Aviation Minister said: “The Government is fully behind UK regional connectivity and strengthening these routes as we build back better from the pandemic.”
Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transport Philip Desmonde, said: “It is vital for our residents and business community that direct flights between Newquay and London are maintained and I welcome the news that Eastern Airways will operate our key route.”
London City Airport Chief Commercial Officer Richard Hill said: “We are delighted that the service to Dundee has been extended for another two years. Working alongside Loganair and partners at both ends of the route, our ambition is for this service to develop and grow business and tourist travel between both cities.”