UK regional carrier Flybe has doubled its services to six return trips daily between London Gatwick and Newquay Airport and has reported “exceptional demand,” due to the washout of the main railway line between London and southwest England following record-breaking wet weather in Southern England.
With no let-up forecast in the storms, the track is likely to be out of action for at least six weeks. Road travel between London and Cornwall takes at least five hours.
Flybe has also brought in a larger 118-seat Embraer E-195 to supplement its normal Bombardier Q400 service. The airline said that over recent day seat sales were "up fourfold over the same period last year.”
Flybe said it intends to run the increased service for at least two weeks and will assess the requirement for continuing it thereafter.