As a region, we celebrate our relative isolation and the special sense of place this brings to us in the far South West.
Our location means that we rely on an efficient and robust transport network to help us get across the Tamar…whether by road, rail or air.
The train route into the county is particularly spectacular. Heading south from Exeter the track runs through serene valleys and hugs the epic jurassic coast near Dawlish, it frequently feels as if there is nothing between your window seat and the breaking waves.
As you cross the Royal Albert Bridge, famously designed by Brunel, you get a sense of arriving somewhere special. And you are.
Although it’s a lovely way to travel, we understand that for many of our students the logistical constraints are such that flying is necessary.
The reason we have an airport hub in Newquay – a relatively small town – is to facilitate access to our county, and of course allow residents a swift route north if needed.
After a period of relative uncertainty which we reported on a blog last year, the mystery around Newquay’s London flights has been, at least temporarily, resolved.
And the news is good: there will now be two routes to the capital – with flights to both Gatwick AND Heathrow.
Leaving on a jet-plane…
A little bit of a switch-up has occurred. The public service obligation route – run by Flybe – has reverted back to Gatwick from March 29th. There will be four flights a day to Gatwick.
British Airways will operate a second route to Heathrow in the summer months: late July to early September.
Thanks to Cornwall Live for the run-down of the other routes operating to European destinations this year: Flybe service to Amsterdam; SAS service to Copenhagen; Eurowings services to Dusseldorf and Stuttgart; Ryanair services to Faro and Alicante; Aer Lingus Regional (operated by Stobart Air) services to Dublin and Cork.
Flybe will also provide an extra five flights a week to its Manchester hub and operate services to Birmingham, London Southend, Leeds Bradford, Edinburgh and Belfast City.
Blue Islands flies to Guernsey and Jersey, while Loganair runs services to Newcastle, Aberdeen and Glasgow.
We’re excited about the news as much as it keeps Cornwall connected and helps our students access this unique place – and our unique language school.
Get in touch for travel advice, or to make an enquiry for your next study-travel adventure!