Government Subsidises New South West Air Routes

Newquay Cornwall airportTravelling to Scilly could be easier for air passengers from East Anglia and West Yorkshire next season.

The government has announced that they’ll subsidise air services from Newquay to Leeds-Bradford Airport and between Exeter and Norwich.

In last week’s spending review, George Osborne announced that eleven successful bidders across the UK had been awarded support from the UK Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund.

The start-up aid bidding competition was open to airports with fewer than five million passengers per year.

It’s designed to support the introduction of air routes that are not currently commercially viable, giving time for airlines to build passenger numbers and deliver a more sustainable service.

Flybe will operate the routes to the South West airports and they should launch in spring.