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New Summer Link to Newquay Cornwall Airport and Jersey 31 March 2008

Flybe has confirmed the new summer air service between the Isle of Man and Newquay, with the flight continuing on to serve Jersey. The weekly flight will depart at 11.50 every Saturday throughout the summer, the first flight departing on 24 May. These new Flybe services bring the number of routes from the Island served by Flybe to nine with up to 18 departures from the Island daily during the summer. A year ago the airline served just one destination with one departure a day.

Ann Reynolds, the Isle of Man Airport Director welcomed the news of the new route. “We have been working with Flybe and Newquay Airport to develop this route to the West Country, and I am delighted that Flybe has decided to add the link to its rapidly increasing range of destinations from the Island,” she said. “The fact that Flybe has chosen to operate the flight onwards to Jersey will also be of benefit, as, although we have weekday direct services with Blue Islands to Jersey, and also the Manx2 link via Gloucester on Fridays and Sundays, we currently have no Saturday flights to the Channel Islands. The new Flybe route will fill that gap.”

Recent analysis undertaken by the airport has demonstrated that around 40,000 passengers every year fly between South West England and the Isle of Man. Many have had to travel long distances from Devon and Cornwall to fly to the Island and, especially as the flights between Bristol and the Isle of Man have recently been withdrawn, Newquay Cornwall Airport will be a convenient means of accessing the Island. Moreover, it is expected that, as this is the first time that the Isle of Man has had an air service to the West Country, it will open up great opportunities for inbound tourism to the Island.

We know that there is substantial demand between the South West and the Island and whilst we are talking to airlines to fill the gap to Bristol, Newquay will open up new opportunities” said Ann. “Cornwall is an exciting and beautiful part of the UK and, until now, it has been relatively inaccessible for Isle of Man residents. I firmly believe that the link will be popular with those visiting friends and relatives in Cornwall and Devon and also for residents who wish to take a relaxed break, perhaps visiting the Eden Project or enjoying the remarkable wind-surfing for which Newquay is famous.”

The new routes to Newquay and Jersey cap a huge expansion of the Flybe network from the Island. This week their third Q400 airliner arrives on the Island to start services to Liverpool. At the same time, routes to both Luton and Birmingham increase from single daily flights to twice daily. Flybe have already announced increases to the frequencies on their Manchester and Liverpool routes to 5 and 4 times daily respectively for the summer, and Southampton will be operated 5 times weekly. “

This latest addition of the Newquay and Jersey flight underlines the growing confidence that Flybe has in its network serving the Island,” added Ann. “All of our airlines have indicated strong bookings for the coming summer season and we expect 2008 to be a very busy year for the Airport.”

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