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Newquay closure
In brief
■ Gatwick gains service to Billund, Denmark
hits 209 flights
Danish regional airline Cimber Air has started a
service between Gatwick and Billund in the west
of Denmark. The six-days-a-week service departs
at 16.55 and arrives in Billund at 20.00 on
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Plymouth but Ryanair responded by cancelling weekdays, while on Sunday it departs at 20.30,
AGENTS in Cornwall fear the closure of Newquay all its Newquay flights until further notice. landing in Billund at 23.05. It hopes to increase
airport could last into the new year, disrupting It said it was not prepared to take Christmas the frequency to thrice-daily from April 2009.
customers’ Christmas travel plans and threaten- bookings because the council could not guarantee
ing a New Year’s Day Caribbean cruise flight. the airport would reopen on December 20. ■ Aer Arann starts London City-Isle of Man link
Brian Wick, of Wickers World Travel in The council gave only five days’ notice of Irish regional airline Aer Arann is starting a
Newquay, said the closure was a “disaster” that the closure, and Wick said his agency had an thrice-daily service between London City airport
threatened the reputation agents had been “absolute nightmare” finding alternatives for and the Isle of Man from January 19, using a
helping the airport build for years. people due to fly out and return home. 72-seat ATR72-500 aircraft. The island has had
Newquay airport closed on December 1 when He said he had “great concern” that if the only one flight a day to London City, operated
Cornwall County Council was due to takeover air work was not completed on time, it could hit a by VLM, since Euromanx went bust in May.
traffic control previously operated from the Fred Olsen Caribbean fly-cruise flight on January 1.
nearby RAF St Mawgan base. It was the third year the line had operated the ■ SAS: We’re 46% cheaper than BA to Denmark
The CAA refused to give the council a licence flight after being persuaded to do so by agents, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) has claimed
until work was finished on a control tower, which he said. its weekday economy fares are up to 46% cheaper
is due to be completed on December 19. The closure was announced on the same than British Airways’ between Heathrow and
The three-week closure caused the cancellation day the council published a masterplan for Copenhagen. It cited a return economy fare to
of 209 departures on Ryanair, Air Southwest and the airport promising a conference centre, Copenhagen of £268 compared with £499 with BA.
Skybus airlines, and affects 7,000 passengers. business park and four-star hotel that would The SAS flight does not have free meals or drinks.
Air Southwest laid on busses for flights from help “transform” Cornwall’s economy.
■ Thomson Airways offers Tel Aviv for £95
Thomson Airways is offering fares from Luton
to Tel Aviv in December from just £95 one-way.
Flights depart on Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Sundays. Flight-only prices departing from the
airport include £384 for a seven-night stay,
leaving December 23.
■ Leeds/Bradford cuts 20% off parking costs
Leeds/Bradford airport is cutting long-stay parking
prices by 20% for bookings made online. The
airport’s booking system has been relaunched
and offers a flexible package, that allows changes
to bookings, and a cheaper non-flexible package.
■ Norwich airport boss hastens retirement
Norwich airport managing director Richard
Jenner is stepping down on December 31 to
be succeeded by his deputy Elliott Summers.
Jenner was due to retire in November 2009 when
he will be 65 but he and Summers decided the
airport needed a longer-term leader to be in
WELCOME PARTY: An Emirates A380 gives the QE2 a welcome fly-past as the ship charge of the 2009-10 budgeting process.
arrives in Dubai, where it will be transformed into a floating hotel. The welcome party
also included a flotilla of local yachts, boats and leisure-craft led by a Royal Navy For the very latest flights, airline and
frigate. The first Emirates A380 Heathrow-Dubai service started on Monday this week
airport news, go to
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