Newquay seeks public subsidies for London air link

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Cornwall Council is seeking to secure public funding for routes between Newquay and London after Flybe's decision to pull out of the market in 2014.

Council chiefs have held meetings with the UK Department for Transport to discuss the possibility of establishing a public service obligation (PSO) on the route from the end of March 2014, when Flybe will terminate its service from London Gatwick.

If approved, it would be the only PSO operating in England and would need to be given the nod by European regulators.

"While there is no guarantee that the government will support this application, all initial pointers from the Department for Transport have been positive and we believe we meet the necessary criteria," says Adam Paynter, the Council’s cabinet member for partnerships.

With the departure of Flybe, EasyJet is the only airline operating scheduled services from Newquay to the capital, with its route to London Southend.