Loganair (LM/LOG) and Eastern Airways (T3/EZE) have both announced flights from Manchester (MAN/EGCC) to Newquay (NQY/EGHQ) today.
The two regional airlines will both compete on the route in Summer 2021 however Eastern Airways will operate a year round sound from 23rd October 2020.
Eastern Airways says that its year-round service will “assist the recovery of UK regional economies.” It will operate 4 times per week on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday operated by a BAE Jetstream 41 aircraft.
The rival Loganair service will launch on 28th March 2021 and operate daily using an ATR72-600 aircraft.
Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: “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 Public Service Obligation nomination for the Manchester-Newquay route to permit more frequent services to be established, we’re nonetheless going ahead with a daily service from 28 March 2021.
“Rail and road services are no alternative to swift air travel between the North West and South West, and we believe this announcement will be warmly welcomed.”