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Yorkshire-Cornwall air link launches

Yorkshire-Cornwall air link launches

Published at 2:50pm 31st October 2016. (Updated at 3:48pm 31st October 2016)

New flights from Leeds Bradford Airport to Cornwall Airport Newquay have taken off.

The year-round service, which has been launched by Flybe, will operate three times a week.

It's been made possible as part of the Government's Regional Air Connectivity Fund, which is aimed at improving connections for both business and leisure travellers.

Aviation Minister Lord Ahmad said: "It is fantastic to see Flybe launch this new direct air service between Leeds Bradford Airport and Newquay. Passengers and businesses will benefit from faster journeys, while trade and tourism opportunities will be opened up in Yorkshire and Cornwall.

"By supporting new regional air routes, the Government is driving investment and boosting growth across the whole of the UK."

Tony Hallwood, Aviation Development Director at Leeds Bradford Airport, added: "We are really pleased to mark the start of this important route in such a special way; this connection will help to support tourism in both regions. It's also a fantastic connection for university students and businesses, cutting down journey times tremendously.

"We are sure this route will be a great success for both the Leeds City Region and Cornwall. It's all been made possible through the negotiations with Government to introduce the route to the network and we are pleased to be expanding our Flybe offer from LBA. Added to the airline's successful Belfast City service and the Glasgow route operated by its franchise partner, Loganair, we will now see more than 30 weekly Flybe flights available from Leeds Bradford Airport this winter."

To celebrate the launch of the service, Nigel Eaton, of Harrogate's RHS Garden Harlow Carr, travelled to Newquay on the inaugural flight to present a white rose to the world-famous Eden Project.

In a return gesture, the Eden Project's Managing Director, Gordon Seabright, presented a 'China Clay' Camellia.

Mr Eaton said: "Cornwall and Yorkshire are two of the country's tourism gems, with beautiful countryside, stunning coastlines and intriguing histories and people. Connecting the two with this quick, regular service between Leeds Bradford Airport and Newquay is great news for both counties, and for these two very popular but very different gardens.

"It's an honour to have been involved with this inaugural flight and plant swap and we look forward to welcoming lots of Cornish visitors to RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate throughout the coming seasons."