Thursday, 28 May 2009 12:00 AM
Low-cost carrier bmibaby has launched a new route from Newquay Cornwall Airport to Birmingham International.
Flying four times a week, it is hoped the new route will substantially reduce travelling times from the heart of the UK to the West Country.
Karen Medweth, Newquay Cornwall Airport's head of commercial Development, said: "We are extremely happy to extend our route network with flights from Birmingham, which will open up a strong new link from Cornwall's largest market in the heart of the country.
"We especially anticipate the flights being popular with leisure travellers looking to enjoy Newquay, which is regarded as the surf capital of the UK."
Lead in fares on the route start from just Â£18.99 one way including taxes and charges, again comparing very favourably with an estimated Â£45 each way to drive.
"We are very aware of the value placed on time in the short-break market and with this in mind, the Friday and Sunday departure times have been deliberately scheduled to maximise the potential for weekend visitors to Cornwall. The flight time of just over one hour also compares extremely favourably with an estimated drive time of 4hrs 30 minutes, representing even more time-saving benefits."
The new flights will operate on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Friday, with more information at bmibaby.
Julian Carr, commercial director at bmibaby, said: "We are pleased to launch this new route between Birmingham and Newquay.
"bmibaby is currently the only low-cost carrier to offer this service, and it will mean a short break in Cornwall is much more accessible than ever before."