Newquay secures London PSO

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Airlines are being invited to tender for newly established public service obligation (PSO) subsidy that has been set up on routes between Newquay and London.

A notice posted in the Official Journal of the European Union on 7 June says subsidies will be made available on routes between Newquay and London City, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Southend and Stansted from October 2014 until September 2018.

Airlines have 61 days from the date of the notice’s publication to put in a bid with Newquay Council for the subsidies.

The decision to set up a PSO on the route was sparked by Flybe’s decision to end its Gatwick-Newquay service, the southwestern English gateway’s only direct link to London. Flybe has since started a Newquay-Southend service.